It was with deep sadness that Charleston heard of the death of Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, on 31 December 2014, just seven months before his 100 birthday.
In the late 1920s Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant designed and executed a complete scheme for a dining room in Penns in the Rocks, the Sussex home of his mother Lady Dorothy Wellesly, affectionately known as Dottie. The scheme included painted panels, tables and chairs, with mirrors and appliquéd curtains. The room was chosen as one of the Looks of 1930 by the Studio magazine. During this time Bell made a portrait drawing of the young boy which remains in the reserve collection at Charleston