Oil Painting Battle Waterloo Red Coats Against French Napoleon & Ney Overlooking
This museum-quality, hand-painted, oil painting depicts the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, in which the Redcoats of the British army faced off against Napoleon Bonaparte's forces. The painting captures the intensity of the scene with rich, textured brushstrokes and vibrant colour. A masterpiece!
- Are you looking for an impressionist work of art which is full of emotion, drama and action then look no further you will want this to display in your home, you can almost feel the battle noise & smell of the gunpowder in the air.
- Title "Napoleon & new Overlooking Imperial Guards Advance".
- Oil on board.
- Circa late 20th century dated 1973.
- Impressive size with the frame being 105 cm wide and 60 cm high.
- Set in the original pine frame.
- Indistinctly signed on the lower front by the British artist and inscribed verso.
- Subject exciting dramatic Military Battle of Waterloo panoramic scene view of the French column line of Imperial old guard advancing with cavalry charging between the French lines heading forwards for Wellington's British red coats defensive lines who are on positioned on the slopes in the distant background, in the foreground to the right are Marshal Ney with Napoleon who is in a dark grey overcoat next to him on horseback wearing his bicorne hat. Napoleon is in his white horse, standing in front of him an officer who is pointing to the left flank and he is looking at Napoleon advising him of the present condition of the battle. Further over a dragoon & various other officers in full military battle dress. Behind them are masses of clouds of smoke that are coming from the cannon fire. Lower down in the centre are 2 soldiers, 1 is crouched down as he has just picked up a cannon ball from a stockpile and is about to load it into the cannon breach ready for firing. Further over to the left 3 soliders are sitting down playing cards. Another officer commander wearing yellow overcoat over his blue uniform who is on horseback with a dragoon by his side. To the far left further dragoons on horses have just charged forward.
- 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 military collectors.
- Provenance from a private sellers collection..
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The painting surface has craquelure also various foxing staining & scuffs to the surface in places. The frame having general noticeable wear, scuffs, chips losses, commensurate with usage & age. It would benefit with being reframed.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High (60 cm)
Wide (105 cm)
Depth (2.5 cm)