The Battle of Blenheim by John Wootton

This fascinating picture represents the final phase of the battle.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
147 x 218 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,500 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:
1979
Vendor:
Leggatt's

Marlborough and Prince Eugene had taken the French commanders by surprise at Blenheim (shown in the centre of the picture). Although the French position was strongly fortified, Marlborough opened a vigorous attack, and, after heavy fighting, was able to launch a general assault. Despite severe losses, he gained one of the greatest victories in English military history. Marlborough himself is seen on the right, sword in hand on a bay charger, surrounded by his staff, while behind him the defeated French Marshal, Tallard, is being driven off the battlefield in Marlborough's coach.

Provenance

John, 1st Duke of Marlborough; Sir Robert harvey; by descent to Sir Robert Harvy, Bt; sold Christie's, November 1975.

Venue details

National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, LONDON London SW3 4HT 020 7730 0717 www.nam.ac.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am - 5.30pm (Last admission 5pm)

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