after Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Field of Waterloo. From Hougoumont, engraved by Edward Finden

published 1833

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T06185

Display caption

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).

Gallery label, August 2004

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