After Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Field of Waterloo. From Hougoumont, engraved by Edward Finden published 1833

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
The Field of Waterloo. From Hougoumont, engraved by Edward Finden
Date published 1833
MediumLine engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This design first appeared as the title-vignette to vol.XIV of the 'Life and Works' of Byron. It illustrates a line from 'The Age of Bronze' - 'Oh, bloody and most bootless Waterloo!' - but could equally have accompanied the Waterloo Stanzas of 'Childe Harold'. Turner has brilliantly condensed the horrific imagery of his Byronic painting of 1818 (in Room 107), and transferred the emphasis to the burning farm of Hougoumont, a vital bastion against the French attack. Turner had returned several times to this subject after visiting Waterloo in 1817 (see the sketch also exhibited).

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