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Field of Waterloo

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851) William Miller, Engraver (British, 1796-1882)


The English victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in Belgium in 1815 reopened the European continent to English travelers after nearly twenty years of constant warfare. The battlefield became a tourist destination and Turner visited on his way to the Rhine in 1817.

The battlefield was quite pastoral when Turner prepared his illustration for Scott’s Life of Napoleon in 1833. A flash of lightning over the farmhouse that had been at the center of the battle, and the skeleton of a horse in the left corner offer reminders of the epochal conflict.

Ex Turner Sale 1873

Object Information

artist
Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)
engraver
William Miller (British, 1796-1882)
creation date
1835
materials
engraving
dimensions
3 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (image)
11 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (sheet)
accession number
80.1522
credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors