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Field Of Waterloo

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

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3 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (image)
11 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (sheet)
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Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer