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Napoleonic Wars Collection

The Napoleonic Wars, spanning from 1803 to 1815, were a series of conflicts that reshaped the political landscape of Europe

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Wellington at Waterloo (colour litho)

Wellington at Waterloo (colour litho)
1268536 Wellington at Waterloo (colour litho) by Hillingford, Robert Alexander (1825-1904); National Army Museum, London; (add.info.: Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley)

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Map of the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815 (19th century)

Map of the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815 (19th century). Battle plan showing the positions of the British and French armies at the outset of the battle

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Battle Of Waterloo

Battle Of Waterloo
A plan of the Battle of Waterloo in present-day Belgium during the Napoleonic Wars, 18th June 1815. Here an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington defeated the Imperial French

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Scotland for Ever; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815

Scotland for Ever; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815
Scotland for Ever ; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815. The attack by the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment on the French 45th infantry was immortalised in this famous painting

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. The flags used by Lieutenant Pasco aboard HMS Victory to send the message England expects that every man will do his duty

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815

British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Duke of Wellington ordering the entire British line to advance at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars

French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars
French army uniforms: infantry 1814-1825, grenadier 1812-1815, and cavalry 1805-1812. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott

Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott
Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Probably the most famous portrait of Nelson, painted after his victory at the Battle of the Nile, from an earlier sketch

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Army and Navy, Wellington and Nelson, c1805. Artist: Newton & Co

The Army and Navy, Wellington and Nelson, c1805. Artist: Newton & Co
The Army and Navy, Wellington and Nelson, c1805. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) and Admiral Lord Nelson (1758-1805)

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Battle Of Waterloo

Battle Of Waterloo
A plan of the Battle of Waterloo in present-day Belgium during the Napoleonic Wars, 18th June 1815. Here an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington defeated the Imperial French

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Artist: Henry Bone

Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Artist: Henry Bone
Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Portrait of Nelson after his victory at the Battle of the Nile. One of Britains greatest military figures

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1803 (oil on canvas)

Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1803 (oil on canvas)
JLJ4598431 Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1803 (oil on canvas) by David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825); 259x221 cm; Musee National du Chateau de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Recruiting poster for the Yorkshire Light Dragoons, Napoleonic Wars, c. 1800

Recruiting poster for the Yorkshire Light Dragoons, Napoleonic Wars, c. 1800
Under the command of T. R. Beaumont. From an original at Sheffield Libraries: y13758

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Napoleon, (1769-1821), c1894-95, (1936). Creator: James Sant

Napoleon, (1769-1821), c1894-95, (1936). Creator: James Sant
Napoleon, (1769-1821), c1894-95, (1936). Last portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) commissioned to James Sant (1820-1916)

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Forlorn Hope At Badajos, 1906. Artist: Vereker Monteith Hamilton

The Forlorn Hope At Badajos, 1906. Artist: Vereker Monteith Hamilton
The Forlorn Hope At Badajos, 1906. British troops at the Siege of Badajoz, Spain, in 1812 during the Peninsular War. From Cassells Illustrated History of England, Vol. V

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Portrait of Toussaint L Ouverture (1743-1803) from the Universal History

Portrait of Toussaint L Ouverture (1743-1803) from the Universal History
XIR80795 Portrait of Toussaint L Ouverture (1743-1803) from the Universal History of the 19th Century engraved by Joseph Julien Guillaume Dulompre (b.1789) (engraving) (b/w photo) by Duc

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: EVNT2A-00053

EVNT2A-00053
Marshal Ney bringing the French rear-guard out of Russia with heavy losses, 1812. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th century painting

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: French soldiers uniforms, 1790s

French soldiers uniforms, 1790s
French hussar, cavalry, and infantry uniforms, 1795-1796. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere

John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere
2966820 John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere, pub 1798 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Napoleon goes aboard the Northumberland for his journey to St Helena, 8 August 1815, (c1850)

Napoleon goes aboard the Northumberland for his journey to St Helena, 8 August 1815, (c1850). Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) surrendered to a British naval officer

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Charge of the French Cuirassiers at Waterloo, 1874, (c1915). Artist

Charge of the French Cuirassiers at Waterloo, 1874, (c1915). Artist: Felix Henri Emmanuel Philippoteaux
Charge of the French Cuirassiers at Waterloo, 1874, (c1915). Held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999)

The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999)
XIR158226 The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Cavalry charge during Napoleons final battle at Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
Major-General Arthur Wellesley in 1806, later Duke of Wellington. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-centry illustration

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Battle of Austerlitz on December 2, 1805. Artist: Gerard, Francois Pascal Simon (1770-1837)

The Battle of Austerlitz on December 2, 1805. Artist: Gerard, Francois Pascal Simon (1770-1837)
The Battle of Austerlitz on December 2, 1805. Found in the collection of Musee de l Histoire de France, Chateau de Versailles

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Europe in 1810

Europe in 1810
Map of Europe in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars (in German). Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803

The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803
NCO190175 The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: French military uniforms, 1795

French military uniforms, 1795
French general (left) and infantry officers, 1795. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: EVNT2A-00051

EVNT2A-00051
Napoleon and the Old Guard before the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th century painting

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Admiral Horatio Nelson

Admiral Horatio Nelson
Vintage engraving of Horatio Nelson one of Englands great national heros. The victor at Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of the Nile and Battle of Copenhagen

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte on the Borodino Hights, 1897. Artist: Vereshchagin

Napoleon Bonaparte on the Borodino Hights, 1897. Artist: Vereshchagin, Vasili Vasilyevich (1842-1904)
Napoleon Bonaparte on the Borodino Hights, 1897. Found in the collection of the State Borodino War and History Museum, Moscow

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Duke of Wellington at la Haye Sainte. The Battle of Waterloo

The Duke of Wellington at la Haye Sainte. The Battle of Waterloo. Artist: Sadler, William (1782-1839)
The Duke of Wellington at la Haye Sainte. The Battle of Waterloo. Private Collection

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Marshall Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894

Marshall Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894
Marshal Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894. Napoleon left Michel Ney in command of the rearguard during the epic retreat from the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Map of the German Confederation (1815-1866), lithograph, published in 1897

Map of the German Confederation (1815-1866), lithograph, published in 1897
Map of the German Confederation between 1815 and 1866. Lithograph, published in 1897

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815 (1888). Artist: John Atkinson II

Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815 (1888). Artist: John Atkinson II
Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815 (1888). The Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British Commander, with his staff, doffing his hat to another officer as the battle rages around them

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Death of Lord Nelson, illustration from Englands Battles by Sea

The Death of Lord Nelson, illustration from Englands Battles by Sea
KW270882 The Death of Lord Nelson, illustration from Englands Battles by Sea and Land by Lieut. Col. Williams (engraving) by Devis

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: BATTLE OF WATERLOO. Charge of the cavalry regiment, the Scots Greys, during the

BATTLE OF WATERLOO. Charge of the cavalry regiment, the Scots Greys, during the Battle of Waterloo, during the Napoleonic Wars, 18 June 1815. Illustration, English, 1894

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Channel tunnel

Channel tunnel. Historical artwork of a tunnel beneath the English Channel through which Napoleons troops are moving to invade England

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: HMS Victory at Portsmouth

HMS Victory at Portsmouth
" Vintage engraving from 1878 showing HMS Victory at Portsmouth. HMS Victory is a 104-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Gloucestershire Regiment. Back-to-Back at Alexandria, 1801, (1939)

The Gloucestershire Regiment. Back-to-Back at Alexandria, 1801, (1939). British forces fighting back-to-back against the French at the Battle of Alexandria in Egypt, 21 March 1801

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The military council in the village of Fili near Moscow on September 13th, 1812, 1882

The military council in the village of Fili near Moscow on September 13th, 1812, 1882. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Battle of Quatre Bras, 1815 (1906). Artist: Vereker Monteith Hamilton

Battle of Quatre Bras, 1815 (1906). Artist: Vereker Monteith Hamilton
Battle of Quatre Bras, 1815 (1906). British infantry fighting off an attack by French cavalry at the battle fought two days before Waterloo. From Cassells Illustrated History of England, Vol. V

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic Wars
Plans of the battle of Ligny and Quatre-Bras in Belgium during the Napoleonic Wars, 16th June 1815. Here Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Prussian Army under Gebhard von Blucher

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: British soldiers of the Life Guards at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815 (colour litho)

British soldiers of the Life Guards at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815 (colour litho)
7153967 British soldiers of the Life Guards at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815 (colour litho) by Stewart, J. A. (19th Century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Bank Notes - Paper Money - French Alarmists - ah! poor John Bull

Bank Notes - Paper Money - French Alarmists - ah! poor John Bull
NCO191224 Bank Notes - Paper Money - French Alarmists - ah! poor John Bull! published by Hannah Humphrey in 1797 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The period is towards the close of day... Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815

The period is towards the close of day... Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815
1268378 The period is towards the close of day... Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815, engraved by H. R. Cook, published by T. Clay and R. Lambe, June 1819 (engraving) by Sauerweld, A

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: Studies for the figure of Sergeant Ewart, Scots Greys, for the painting showing his

Studies for the figure of Sergeant Ewart, Scots Greys, for the painting showing his
1772196 Studies for the figure of Sergeant Ewart, Scots Greys, for the painting showing his capture of the French Eagle at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815, c.1817 (pencil & ink on paper) by Dighton

Background imageNapoleonic Wars Collection: The Corsican Spider in His Web!, July 12, 1808. July 12, 1808

The Corsican Spider in His Web!, July 12, 1808. July 12, 1808
The Corsican Spider in His Web!, July 12, 1808



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The Napoleonic Wars, spanning from 1803 to 1815, were a series of conflicts that reshaped the political landscape of Europe. The flags used for Admiral Lord Nelson's famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 symbolized Britain's naval supremacy and marked a turning point in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. A map depicting the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th, 1815, showcases one of history's most significant battles. Known as Scotland Forever, this battle saw the valiant charge of the Scots Greys who played a crucial role in defeating Napoleon's forces. The British army advancing at Waterloo is captured in an image that reflects their determination and resilience. This battle proved to be decisive in ending Napoleon's reign and solidifying British dominance. Recruiting posters like those for the Yorkshire Light Dragoons demonstrate how nations rallied their troops during these tumultuous times. These posters aimed to inspire patriotism and encourage men to join the fight against France. Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson stands as a legendary figure during this era. His leadership and strategic brilliance earned him great respect among his peers and instilled fear into his enemies' hearts. Artistic representations such as "The Plum Pudding in Danger" highlight satirical commentary on Napoleon's ambitions by portraying him as Gulliver facing off against Brobdingnagian powers. Such imagery reveals public sentiment towards Napoleon during this period. French uniforms worn during these wars showcased both style and military prowess. Their distinctive appearance became synonymous with French military might under Napoleon's command. Lastly, portraits like James Sant’s depiction capture Emperor Napoleon himself - a complex figure whose ambition knew no bounds but ultimately met defeat at Waterloo before being exiled until his death years later.