After Richard Ansdell, RA The Fight for the Standard

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Lot 146W
After Richard Ansdell, RA
The Fight for the Standard

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 32,523) inc. premium
After Richard Ansdell, RA
The Fight for the Standard
oil on canvas
131.5 x 100.4cm (51 3/4 x 39 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • The present lot is after Richard Ansdell's (British, 1815-1855) original painting of the same title which is hanging in the Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle.

    This painting depicts Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Royal North British Dragoons, more commonly known as the Scots Greys, defending the captured eagle of the French 45th Regiment of the Line from a French lancer during the Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815. The capture of the eagle is one of the most prized honours of the modern incarnation of the Scots Greys, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and in commemoration of this brave action their cap badge shows the eagle and reads 'Waterloo.' The actual captured eagle is now on display in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards museum, Edinburgh Castle.

    For his part in the capture of the eagle Ewart was hailed a hero and travelled the country recounting the action and he was commissioned as an ensign in 1816. When he died in 1846 Ewart was buried in Salford but his grave was later paved over and forgotten for many years until uncovered in the 1930s when Ewart was reburied by the Royal Scots Greys (as they were then titled) on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in 1938.

    Today, Sergeant Ewart is perhaps most known amongst the general population for the pub in Edinburgh which bears his name, the Ensign Ewart. It is located next to the Castle esplanade, where a monument marks his burial place.
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