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Anna Children (1799-1871)

The Waterloo Elm 1818

RCIN 990723

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A drawing of the Waterloo Elm. Anna Children drew the elm on a visit to the battlefield with her father. The elm had been Wellington's command post during the battle. After Waterloo, it was stripped by souvenir hunters, who left it bare of branches and leaves. When the tree was felled soon afterwards, the wood was acquired by Anna's father, who commissioned a chair celebrating the battle. This chair was presented to George IV in 1821.

Anna Children was to become a pioneering photographer and is better known under married name, Anna Atkins.