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Sir Walter Scott described them thus…
'Farewell, sad Field!
whose blighted face
Wears desolation's withering trace;
Long shall my memory retain
Thy shattered huts and trampled grain,
With every mark of martial wrong….
…Has not such havoc bought a name
Immortal in the rolls of fame?
Yes – Agincourt may be forgot,
And Cressy be an unknown spot,
And Blenheim's name be new;
But still in story and in song,
For many an age remembered long,
Shall live the towers of Hougomont
And Field of Waterloo!'
The Duke of Wellington Describing the Field of Waterloo to HM George IV
oil on canvas
H 146 x W 175 cm