Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. During the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal the Duke of Wellington depended on maritime supply. The French fleet in the Basque Roads operated against the British supply ships. This Day in History: Apr 11, 1809: Battle of the Basque Roads between France and the United Kingdom starts http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/
SO EXQUISITE // While exemplifying the genre, this coat, once belonging to the famous Romantic poet and playwright Alfred de Musset (1810–1857), has very moving associations: Musset, the archetypal bohemian artist of the 1830s, ultimately became one of the Second Empire's 'official' artists and a provider of commissioned plays to the Court; first worn when he was received into the French Academy in 1852, his coat is now a melancholic symbol of the embourgeoisement of an entire generation.