George Jones, RA (British, 1786-1869) The Final Defeat of the French at Waterloo

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Lot 148
George Jones, RA
(British, 1786-1869)
The Final Defeat of the French at Waterloo

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 37,402) inc. premium
George Jones, RA (British, 1786-1869)
The Final Defeat of the French at Waterloo
signed 'Geo Jones' (lower left) and indistinctly inscribed 'This memorable battle was fought/June 18th 1815' (on the reverse)
oil on panel
47 x 68.6cm (18 1/2 x 27in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    with The Parker Gallery, London.
    Purchased from the above by the current owner's father circa 1947.
    Thence by descent.

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1816, no. 23.

    George Jones is an artist invariably connected with the Battle of Waterloo. Jones himself was a Captain in the Royal Montgomery Regiment of Militia and whilst he did not fight at Waterloo, he was part of the army of occupation that subsequently occupied Paris. This gave Jones ample opportunity to travel to the battlefield where he made numerous sketches of its topography and landscape. A number of these sketches were published in a book of engravings entitled 'The Battle of Waterloo [...] by a Near Observer', (London, 1817).

    Jones exhibited a series of oils showing the closing stages of the battle at the Royal Academy from 1816 onwards, of which the present lot was significantly the first to be displayed. The depiction of the battle so skilfully painted and rendered would for many people of the period have been their first visual experience of the famous battle and thus must be considered one of the most important depictions of the battle of Waterloo to come on to the market in recent decades. Following on from his series of Waterloo related works Jones quickly acquired the popular nickname of 'Waterloo Jones' a tag which was proliferated by his remarkable physical resemblance to the Duke of Wellington himself. George Jones was elected a full Royal Academician in 1822 and in 1840 was made the Keeper of the Royal Academy, he died at his home in Regent's Park in 1869.

    For further reference on the works of George Jones please see Harrington, Peter, 'The Battle Paintings of George Jones, R.A. (1786-1869)', Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, vol. LXVII, no. 272, Winter 1989, pp. 239–252.
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