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When, in 1815, the painter Jean-Baptiste Isabey visited Vienna to make a record of the participants in the post-war Congress, the French diplomat Talleyrand remarked that he expected to occupy the place of honor at the center of the picture. To Isabey's consternation, a similar request was made by the Duke of Wellington.

Isabey resolved the difficulty with a stroke of genius: He depicted the Duke of Wellington entering the hall, every eye turned toward him, while Talleyrand sat in an armchair -- at the center of the frame.

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