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The Duke of Wellington Describing the Field of Waterloo to HM George IV

Photo credit: The Royal Hospital Chelsea

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The fields, a few miles south of Brussels at the village of Mont St Jean on Sunday 18th June 1815, resounded to the clamour of war as Napoleon’s dreams of Empire were shattered by an Allied army of Anglo-Dutch, Hannoverian and Prussian troops commanded by the Duke of Wellington. Almost 220,000 men fought all day and into the evening over an area about two square miles and over 47,000 died. 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….

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

London


Date

1840

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 146 x W 175 cm

Accession number

579

Work type

Painting


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