This fascinating picture represents the final phase of the battle.
The Battle of Blenheim by John Wootton, 17041764
© National Army Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 147 x 218 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £7,500 ( Total: £20,000)
- Acquired in:
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.
John, 1st Duke of Marlborough; Sir Robert harvey; by descent to Sir Robert Harvy, Bt; sold Christie's, November 1975.
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