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The Battle Malplaquet (1709) was a battle in the Wars of the Spanish Succession (1702–1713). Here, the Duke of Marlborough and his troops enter enemy entrenchments.
In 1713, the French artist Laguerre was commissioned by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough to decorate the walls of Marlborough House in London with scenes from her husband's victories during the recent wars. Ironically, Laguerre adapted the grandiose manner of French battle painting recently developed by his master, Charles Le Brun, for Louis XIV at Versailles.
oil on canvas
H 106.8 x W 136 cm
gift from Mrs M. Austen-Leigh, 1980