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The Battle of Malplaquet in 1709 was the bloodiest engagement of the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–1713). Malplaquet lies close to the French border, about 9 miles (15km) from the Belgian town of Mons. It was here, on 11 September 1709, that an Allied army commanded by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, engaged a French army under Marshal Villars. The French occupied a strong defensive position, but after desperate hand-to-hand fighting the Allies won the day at a cost of over 20,000 men.
oil on canvas
H 106.7 x W 136.2 cm
gift from Mrs M. Austen-Leigh, 1973