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Set of plates with scenes of the battlefield

These plates (RCIN 10884.1-8) show the strategic landmarks on the battlefield of Waterloo, including the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont which became the most significant defensive point for the allied armies. The plates were commissioned by the Prince Regent as part of a breakfast service – one of many commemorative works of art with which he celebrated victory over Napoleon. 1. The French Observatory used to survey the battlefield 2-3. La Haye Sainte – the farmhouse which became one of the points of conflict 4. View from the allied position looking towards the French and the woods around Hougoumont 5. Hougoumont 6. La Belle Alliance – held by the French until the end of the day, this inn became the rendezvous point for the allies Blücher and Wellington