The present miniature was painted during the occupation of France by allied forces following the Battle of Waterloo, when Wellington was commander-in-chief of the occupying forces. Parent also painted Napoleon before his fall from power, as well as other generals of the Empire.
A rectangular portrait miniature by the artist of the Duke of Wellington, signed with his initials, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see B. Long, Catalogue of the Jones Collection, London, 1923, p. 90, no. 622, illustrated pl. 59.