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[Waterloo] A near View of the Observatory.
[Waterloo] A near View of the Observatory.
Engrav'd by R. Reeve from a Drawing by Mr S. Wharton.
[n.d., 1816.]
Sepia aquatint. Sheet 385 x 280mm (15¼ x 11"). Trimmed within plate.
A view of a 60 ft. wooden trigonometrical observatory erected by Dutch engineers for a survey of the surrounding countryside, south of Hougoumont and east of the Mon Plaisir farm. Built only six weeks before Waterloo, Napoleon used it to reconnoitre the ground in the early morning of the battle. By 1817 the observatory had fallen down. From 'Twelve Views of Waterloo, la Belle Alliance, Chateau Gomont, and la Haye Sainte, the scene of the Battle of the 18th of June 1815". The Prince Regent ordered a set of porcelain plates decorated with the scenes from Chamberlain & Co of London in 1816, which are still in the Royal Collection.
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