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The artist's description of the painting is pasted on the verso of the painting: 'The picture represents the last desperate effort of Napoleon to force the left centre of the allied army and turn their position. In the centre … are several battalions of the Imperial Guard, formed into one massive column, led on by Marshal Ney, who… is received in front by Captain Bolton’s Battery, while General Maitland’s Brigade of Guards attack the French on their right, and General Adams’ Brigade assail their left. This combined attack throws the head of the French column into irreparable confusion, perceiving which, the Duke of Wellington, who, with his staff, is immediately behind Captain Bolton’s Battery, orders the general advance of the allied army, covered by arrange of batteries seen on the right and left of the Duke’s position.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House



The Battle of Waterloo




oil on panel


H 118 x W 310 cm

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management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004

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