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In pictures: restoring a national treasure

Published 22 August 2014

Behind the scenes with the conservators working on our Maclise cartoon.

  • Over the last two weeks, our wonderful full-scale ‘Waterloo’ cartoon by Daniel Maclise (1806–1870) has been conserved thanks to a generous grant from Arts Council England.

    This huge drawing depicts the meeting of the Duke of Wellington and his Prussian counterpart, Field Marshal Blücher, after the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. It is a highly-detailed preparatory drawing for his painting in the House of Lords.

    You can find out more about the project, and the history of the cartoon, in this blog post from earlier in the year.

  • Look out for more blog posts about this exciting project as the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches next year.

    Conservation team: Emma Cox, Tanya Millard, Alice Powell, Clare Reynolds, Catherine Rickman, Mari Watanabe and Georgina Whiteley.

  • About the RA Collection

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