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Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

An extract of our prints currently available:

MacLise, D. Death of Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar
MacLise, D. Wellington and Blucher meeting after the battle of Waterloo

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Death of Nelson

THE DEATH OF NELSON AT THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
 from the original wall painting in the Palace of Westminster.

Charles W. Sharpe  RA. after Daniel Maclise RA.
 Transfer Lithograph 1876 Double museum quality matted, glazed, black wood frame.
 11 7/8 x 34 1/2 (30.2 x 87.7 cm.) excluding letters  Frame: 21 1/4 x 43 5/8"
 
Ref. RB2 (180) /ANN/r.ands >DDNN pair       PRICE CODE D 

The study, copied for the wall painting, was created by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) in 1859–64 and is organized as a frieze, in a long narrow format. originally for the Palace of Westminster. It shows the dying Admiral Nelson on the deck of HMS Victory, cradled in the arms of Captain Hardy, with other figures, including Dr. Beatty, leaning over him, they are surrounded by members of the crew.

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Maclise took trouble over the accuracy of details in the picture; he interviewed survivors of the battle and researched the naval equipment in use at the time. However, the painting is not an accurate account of the event, because Nelson was quickly taken below decks, where he died; it is rather an idealisation of the event.

Within the image Dr. Beatty, Captain Adair, Lieutenant Ram, Sergeant Secker of the Marines and a sailor bearing the ensign of the captured ship surround Nelson.

Included in the painting are two black people; this is likely to be historically accurate as two men from Africa were included in the crew of HMS Victory. At this time people of African descent were integrated with other members of the crew, although they tended to work in the lower ranks.

One of the Africans is pointing towards the assassin of Nelson.  That revenge fell to one of a pair of young midshipmen who were stationed on the poop deck. One of whom was named Pollard. He was still alive in the 1860s, as a pensioner at Greenwich in very reduced circumstances, and he was one of the very many authorities consulted by Maclise.

Three women are depicted tending a sailor slumped amid carnage of the engagement, although not on the muster they were probably prostitutes nevertheless, they did play a role in the historic engagement tending to the wounded.

This image engraved by Charles William Sharpe (1818-1899) was first published in 1872 by the Art Union of London and again as a transfer lithograph in 1876.

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  Maclise Meeting of Wellington &Blucher

WELLINGTON AND BLUCHER [sic] MEETING AFTER THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
 from the original wall painting in the Palace of Westminster
Lumb Stocks RA. after Daniel Maclise RA.

Transfer Lithograph (from engraving) matted, glazed, black wood frame.
 11 7/8 x 34 1/2  (30.2 x 87.7 cm) excluding letters. Frame  size 21 1/4 x 43 5/8" Ref.RB1(180)/ANN/e.ando>DDNN pair   PRICE CODE D

Wellington and Blucher mounted on horses, with cavalry behind them, shake hands in front of ruined building surrounded by numerous mounted and dismounted soldiers and bandsman; dead and wounded lying in the foreground. The French army is seen in pursuit along the road behind. A somewhat fanciful rendering of one of the great melodramatic moments in history.

Late in the evening on the day of the battle of Waterloo (Sunday, June 18th. 1815) Wellington and Blücher met on horseback outside the somewhat battered but aptly named La Belle Alliance inn where they briefly shook hands and congratulated each other on their victory. "Quelle affaire!" the elderly Prussian Marshal exclaimed,  - Wellington said afterwards that was all the French he knew. Blücher also suggested La Belle Alliance would be a good name for the battle, but the Duke made no reply.

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