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Marshal Blücher at the Battle of Ligny, 16 June 1815

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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The scene is set during the Battle of Ligny, fought between Napoleon I's Armée du Nord and the Prussian army led by Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742–1819). Blücher, then 72, is the figure on the ground at centre, trapped beneath his dead horse, narrowly avoiding being trampled to death. According to accounts, Blücher's adjutant, August Ludwig von Nostitz (1777–1866), came to his rescue by concealing Blücher's identity from the French with a greatcoat (seen around the Field Marshal's proper left shoulder). In the picture Nostitz attempts to haul the dead animal off Blücher.

National Trust, Petworth House



Marshal Blücher at the Battle of Ligny, 16 June 1815


exhibited 1816


oil on canvas


H 67 x W 113 cm

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on loan from the Egremont Private Collection

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