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Waterloo: The Price of Glory, oil on canvas by David Cartwright

Price:   $ 12,500.00
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Waterloo: The Price of Glory, 18th June 1815. By David Cartwright. Oil on canvas, 43 x 23 inches, signed and dated 2003 by the artist; custom framed with original pencil sketches. The battle at Waterloo was a pounding match, a titanic struggle with victory and defeat hanging in the balance throughout the day. At about 1.30 pm a massive advance by French infantry threatened the centre of Wellington’s defenses and it was at this moment that Lord Uxbridge called upon Ponsonby’s Union Brigade and Somerset’s Household Cavalry, some 2500 horsemen, to counter this threat. The massed cavalry thundered into the mass of French infantry, which lost some 4000 soldiers. The Eagles of the 45e and 105e Regiments were seized, the first captured by Sgt. Ewart of the Scots Greys and the second by the Royal Dragoons. But, with perfect timing, Napoleon launched his elite Cuirassiers and Lancers into the over-extended British Cavalry, destroying its effectiveness for the rest of the day. This was the high-water mark of the Charge which now faced avenging French lancers and cuirassiers, determined to exact ‘The Price of Glory!’