[Netherlands] Z.K.H. De Prins Van Oranje.
Uitgegeven door A.H. Bakhuijsen, te S'Gravenhage [n.d., c.1825].
Lithograph on india laid paper, image 320 x 250mm. 12½ x 9¾". Small tears to left paper edge.
William Frederick George Louis, Prince of Orange and future King Willliam II of the Netherlands (1792 – 1849). He entered the British Army, and in 1811, as aide-de-camp to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, took part in several campaigns in the Peninsular War. He returned to the Netherlands in 1813 when his father became sovereign prince. In 1815, William became crown prince and he took service in the army when Napoleon escaped from Elba. He fought as commander of the Dutch-Belgian forces at the Battle of Quatre Bras (16 June 1815) as well as at Waterloo. He showed personal courage and energy, but frequently displayed atrocious military judgement, leading to many heavy casualties. The Duke of Wellington attributed this to his lack of command experience, however, rather than to him being a bad leader.
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