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At the outset of the Boer War (1899–1902) in October 1899 Boer forces besieged the town of Kimberley, Cape Colony. A British relief column moved to its rescue in November but was stopped in the battles of the Modder River and Magersfontein. Finally in February 1900 a cavalry brigade commanded by Lieutenant-General French seized the crossings of the Modder River. This painting shows the Boers being driven off by the Royal Horse Artillery.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    74.5 x 125 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1967-05-68

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Parker Gallery, 1967, not available at the time of photography


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