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boring, especially in appearance; lacking colour and excitement

Almost lost in the traffic that swirls around Hyde Park Corner, Apsley House has always looked forlorn and abandoned, an odd fate for the London home of the first Duke of Wellington in a land that still relishes his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. Donated to the nation by the Iron Duke’s heirs in 1947, the late-Georgian mansion became the Wellington Museum in 1952, the 100th anniversary of his death. But in recent years, even the inside of the house looked drab; the number of visitors fell off and its valuable art collection was forgotten.