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Thomas Chippendale the Younger (1749-1822)

Waterloo Chair c.1818-20

RCIN 31593

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On the battlefield at Waterloo, Wellington set up his command post beneath a great elm tree. This spot became a target for souvenir hunters and was visited by the antiquary John Children and his daughter, Anna, who sketched the tree shortly before it was cut down. Children purchased the timber and commissioned this chair as a gift to the King, with a dedication to him as the 'Liberator of Europe'.