Impressionist Battle Of Waterloo Oil Painting Imperial Old Guard Final Advance
- 1 British Old Impressionist Antique Military Battle Of Waterloo Oil Painting Red Coat Soldiers Defending Against French Imperial Old Guard Final Advance.
- Subject dramatic Military Battle of Waterloo scene view of The British front line red coat soldiers defending holding the line against the advancing French Imperial Old Guard.You can see 2 dead British soldiers laying on the floor, at the back a drummer boy wearing a green uniform. Soldiers are bayonetting each other and hitting each other with rifle stock butts. In the distant background are further lines of soldiers and clouds of white smoke from exploding cannon shots.
- The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815, near Waterloo (at that time in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, now in Belgium). A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition.
- One of these was a British-led coalition consisting of units from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau, under the command of the Duke of Wellington (referred to by many authors as the Anglo-allied army or Wellington's army).
- The other was composed of three corps of the Prussian army under the command of Field Marshal von Blücher (the fourth corps of this army fought at the Battle of Wavre on the same day).
- The battle marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The battle was contemporaneously known as the Battle of Mont Saint-Jean (France) or La Belle Alliance ("the Beautiful Alliance" – Prussia.
- The red colour army uniforms that the British are wearing signifies that they are representing the Royal Crown.
- The Old Guard (French: Vieille Garde) were the veteran elements of the Emperor Napoleon's Imperial Guard. As such it was the most prestigious formation in Napoleon's Grande Armée. French soldiers often referred to Napoleon's Old Guard as "the Immortals".
- Famously devoted to the Emperor, who even referred to them as "my children"; the members of his Old Guard were selected based on physical traits, most notably above-average height. Their imposing stature was likely impressive to foes and allies alike. Awards as well as veterancy were also taken into consideration when selecting troops for the Old Guard.
- So collectible and extremely sought after by collectors.
- Oil on panel.
- Circa beginning of the 20th century 1900.
- Provenance from a private sellers collection.
- Set in an attractive original gilt frame.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The painting surface has some paint loss, craquelure also various foxing staining. The frame having general noticeable wear, scuffs, chips losses, historic woodworm which has been recently treated, commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High (44 cm)
Wide (56 cm)
Depth (2.25 cm)