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Wellington at Sorauren, 27 July 1813

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Sorauren was an action in the Battle of the Pyrenees (25 July to 2 August 1813) during the Peninsular War (1808–1814). The French commander in Spain, Marshal Soult, launched an offensive to relieve French forces besieged at Pamplona and San Sebastian. When news of the French advance reached Lieutenant-General Arthur Wellesley (1769–1852), Marquess (later Field Marshal The Duke) of Wellington, he immediately rode south. He assumed command of the British forces at the village of Sorauren near Pamplona. The artist based the subject of the painting on a passage from Sir Archibald Alison's 'History of Europe', Edinburgh (1850), which described how Wellington saw a French division moving along the crest of the mountain opposite, just above Sorauren.

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Wellington at Sorauren, 27 July 1813




oil on canvas


H 129 x W 99 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1960-04-1

Acquisition method

gift from Major C. J. Dixon-Johnson, 1960

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