Illustration of the Battle of Waterloo


The Battle of Waterloo (1815) was a defining moment that effectively bought the long Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) to an end; the multinational armies of the Seventh Coalition, including British and Prussian forces, defeated Napoleon's French army. 

This depiction of the Battle of Waterloo was drawn and etched by George Cruikshank in 1816. It was published in 1817 as part of a 'historical account' of the 1815 campaign by William Mudford. The subtitle at the bottom of the print reveals that the famous caricaturist drew on eyewitness accounts of the battle: 'Delineated under the inspection of officers who were present at that memorable conflict'.

Full title:
An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815, under His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and Marshal Prince Blucher, comprising the battles of Ligny, Quatrebras, and Waterloo; with a detailed narrative of the political events connected with those memorable conflicts down to the surrender of Paris, and the departure of Bonaparte for St. Helena ...
1817, London
Book / Illustration / Image
George Cruikshank [illustrator], William Mudford
Usage terms
Public Domain
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British Library

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