Attributed to Arthur Stocks (British, 1846-1889), After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870) The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo

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Lot 147W
Attributed to Arthur Stocks
(British, 1846-1889)
After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870)
The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo

Sold for £ 64,900 (US$ 81,134) inc. premium
Attributed to Arthur Stocks (British, 1846-1889), After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870)
The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo
oil on canvas
86.4 x 348cm (34 x 137in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Art Union of London.
    Sir Richard Biddulph Martin, 1st Baronet, Overbury Court, Gloucestershire, Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury.
    The Waterloo Hotel, Crowthorne, Berkshire.

    Exhibited
    Toronto, Canadian National Exhibition of Toronto, Fine Art Section, 1910, no. 1, lent by the Art Union of London and listed as Daniel Maclise, R.A.
    London, Exhibition of Naval & Military Works, Guildhall, Corporation of London, 1915, no. 233, lent by Sir Richard Biddulph Martin.

    The present lot is likely a copy after Daniel Maclise's (1806-1870) impressive work of the same title in the Royal Gallery, Parliament, painted by Arthur Stocks. Maclise's original work was commissioned in 1858 and finished in 1861 and can be viewed opposite the Royal Gallery from Maclise's other notable commission the 'Death of Nelson'. Shortly after Maclise had completed his masterpiece the renowned print maker Lumb Stocks (1812-1892) created an engraving after the original work with assistance from his son Arthur Stocks (1846-1889), himself a very capable engraver and draughtsman. The engraving was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874 no. 1260 and it is possible that Arthur Stocks painted this large copy of the original around this time.

    The detail of the work is remarkable with nearly every element of Maclise's original composition recorded. Wellington is mounted on his famous charger Copenhagen, immediately beside him to the right are Lord Arthur Hill, General Somerset and the Hon Henry Percy, with various Life Guards and Horse Guards. Blücher is accompanied by Marshalls Gneisenau, Nostitz and Blülow. Mounted on the white horse, with drawn sword at his shoulder, is an Englishman, Sir Hussey Vivian, who was attached to Blücher's staff.

    The tone of the work is notably sombre and clearly conveys the grim and tragic aftermath of the battle with little hint of triumphalism or jingoism.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the work comprises of four sections of canvas that have been joined together, please see the condition report for further details.
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Attributed to Arthur Stocks (British, 1846-1889), After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870) The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo
Attributed to Arthur Stocks (British, 1846-1889), After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870) The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo
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