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The painting of the Waterloo hero in Queen’s collection has been changed to include a bondage link

The description of a portrait of a hero from the Battle of Waterloo that the Queen has hung in Windsor Castle has been changed in his description with his links to slavery.

Historical details of Sir Thomas Picton’s painting have now been altered with reference to the torture of a slave girl when he was the ‘Tyrant of Trinidad’.

When visitors now click on the artwork image on the Royal Collection Trust website, they will be directed to a description of his trial process.

Earlier, there was no mention of this grim part of the history of the British army officer.

It comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign that has called for revision of statues and memorials of figures related to slavery.

Picton was revered for generations as the oldest British soldier killed by defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

Sir Thomas Picton was a hero of the Battle of Waterloo, but was also known as the 'Tiran of Trinidad' for his role in torturing a young slave girl

Sir Thomas Picton was a hero of the Battle of Waterloo, but was also known as the ‘Tiran of Trinidad’ for his role in torturing a young slave girl

The controversial portrait is in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle

The controversial portrait is in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle

The controversial portrait is in the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle

But campaigners said his ties to the slave trade should be emphasized – and a call has been made to remove a grand statue of Picton from Cardiff City Hall to be replaced by a memorial to a 14-year-old slave girl he has tortured.

Lieutenant General Picton was the highest-ranking British officer killed in Waterloo after the Duke of Wellington called him “a rough, wide-mouthed devil as always”, but “very skilled.”

Picton’s is the first to be changed to The Royal Collection Trust which has a 250,000-strong art collection, including exhibitions at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

It now says, “Picton’s punitive administration of Trinidad and its subjects,” the imperative adherence to strict criminal codes was the subject of contemporary controversy in Britain and the West Indies.

He was brought to trial in London in 1806, accused of committing torture in prisons under his jurisdiction. He was later partially exempted because, although he committed illegal acts that did not fit his role as military governor, he was recognized for the right to torture prisoners under Spanish law then in force. ‘

It is known as the largest art collection in the world and is considering changing other notes online and at exhibitions.

A campaign is also underway to have a statue of Sir Thomas Picton in Cardiff City Hall removed over his bondage connections as the 'Tiran of Trinidad'

A campaign is also underway to have a statue of Sir Thomas Picton in Cardiff City Hall removed over his bondage connections as the 'Tiran of Trinidad'

A campaign is also underway to have a statue of Sir Thomas Picton in Cardiff City Hall removed over his bondage connections as the ‘Tiran of Trinidad’

A trust spokesman said, “In terms of other records, our curatorial teams are working to improve and update them, which will happen in the coming weeks and months.”

A campaign has started to remove his statue of the place of honor in a town hall and replace it with a memorial to Luisa Calderon.

Sir Thomas was convicted of ordering the illegal torture of 14-year-old girl Luisa after she was charged with theft.

He admitted the charges, but the conviction was later overturned. He returned to Britain and was a sitting Member of Parliament when he was killed by Napoleon’s troops in 1815.

Campaigners would also like to remove the memorial to Picton in Carmarthen

Campaigners would also like to remove the memorial to Picton in Carmarthen

Campaigners would also like to remove the memorial to Picton in Carmarthen

Cardiff's first black mayor Dan De'Ath wants a marble monument to Picton removed from the council's hall of heroes

Cardiff's first black mayor Dan De'Ath wants a marble monument to Picton removed from the council's hall of heroes

Cardiff’s first black mayor Dan De’Ath wants a marble monument to Picton removed from the council’s hall of heroes

A marble statue of Sir Thomas stands proudly in Cardiff City Hall, but calls to remove it have been led by the city’s mayor.

Sir Thomas Picton: Hero of Waterloo who became ‘Tyrant of Trinidad’

Where’s the picture?

Inside Cardiff City Hall

Who wants his image removed?

Cardiff Mayor Daniel De’Ath asked the council to remove the state in an open letter supported by City Council leader Huw Thomas.

Who was he?

A military officer who enjoyed a fruitful career before being killed at the Battle of Waterloo. He was the governor of Trinidad from (1797–1803).

What did he do?

The bad:

  • Known as the ‘tyrant of Trinidad’ for his ‘arbitrary and brutal’ rule over the island
  • His motto was ‘let them hate as long as they are afraid’
  • Ordered the torture of a 14-year-old girl charged with theft

The good:

  • The senior officer killed the battles with Wellington in Waterloo

Dan De’Ath – Cardiff’s first black mayor – called for the marble monument to be removed from a series of Welsh heroes in the council’s Marble Hall.

He said, “I think it’s no longer acceptable for Picton’s statue to be the ‘Heroes of Wales’ in City Hall.”

In an open letter to the leader of the Cardiff Council, he is asked to replace the statue of Sir Thomas Picton with a memorial to his most famous victim.

Calderon was accused of having been involved in the theft of a businessman’s money with which her mother arranged to live as an “mistress” when she was eleven.

Unable to obtain a confession through interrogation, Picton issued an order to “apply the torture to Louisa Calderon.” Calderon did not know and was incarcerated for eight months before being released.

The statue was unveiled in 1916 by former Prime Minister David Lloyd George. In the hall there is also an iconic painting of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Council leader Huw Thomas also supports calls to remove the statue from Cardiff City Hall alongside the other Welsh heroes.

The Cardiff Council will discuss the removal at ‘the earliest opportunity’.

Born in Haverfordwest, West Wales, Picton is still the only Welshman buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Dr. Douglas Jones of the National Library of Wales said, “Picton admitted to ordering the torture, but claimed it was legal under Spanish law still administered in Trinidad at the time, despite the island being under British rule.”

Dr. Jones said Picton’s governorship was “authoritarian and cruel” because he increased the number of lashes given to slaves and authorized executions.

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