We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.

Daniel Maclise: The Waterloo Cartoon

2 September 2015 — 3 January 2016

This exhibition is now closed

See upcoming exhibitions

Daniel Maclise’s cartoon for ‘The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher’ is a preparatory drawing on an epic scale.

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo a rarely exhibited treasure of the RA’s Collection, the Daniel Maclise cartoon, The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo, will be on display after spending decades in storage.

Over 13 metres wide, it is one of the largest cartoons in the UK and was produced in preparation for a prestigious commission in the Houses of Parliament, where the the finished wall-painting is still on display. A work of monumental scale and drama it depicts one of the most significant battles in British history in incredible detail.

Maclise was a prolific painter and illustrator who was much admired for his draughtsmanship and his outstanding skill is showcased in the Waterloo Cartoon. Completed from 1858–1859 he used extensive research and eye-witness accounts to inform the work. Remarkably the piece does not portray triumphalism or glorify war, instead highlighting the tragedy and suffering of this ferocious battle.

The cartoon has recently undergone conservation treatment, thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, to allow it to be presented during this significant occasion.

The Waterloo Cartoon can also be seen for the first time in 40 years, on loan, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds as part of the Waterloo 1815: The Art of Battle exhibition from 23 May until 23 August before returning to the RA.

2 September 2015 — 3 January 2016

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

Christmas closures
Please note that the RA will be closed on the 24, 25, and 26 December 2015. On Friday 1 January 2016, the gallery will be open from 12 – 6pm.

Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA go free.

Weston Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts