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Wilhelmus Conquistador (The Body of Harold)

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Scene depicting the dead King Harold brought before William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. In the central middleground, William sits astride his horse dressed in chain mail with bones hanging from a red cord around his neck. A number of his men, some of them wounded, are around him. The dead Harold is brought before him, carried by soldiers, crown on his head and a broken battle-axe still clenched in his hand. Three men stand to the left looking upon the scene; the first man in a red tunic holds up Harold's legs by a leather strap, the second prays, the third carries several spears and a red standard. To the right, a monk kneels besides a wounded man, bandaging his leg; the injured man leans on a dead soldier and a round shield as he turns to see the dead king.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 105 x W 123.1 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from M. J. Hampson Thornton, 1907

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Inscription description

Signed blc: F.MADOX BROWN 1844-61


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