I tried to paint at all the significant sites, especially on those of the 4 main battles:Ligny, Quatre Bras, Wavre and Waterloo.
On the 16th June 1815 the battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras were fought - Ligny between Napoleon and the Prussians under Blucher and Quatre Bras between the British and Allies under the Prince of Orange/Wellington and the French under Marshal Ney. This is a view from the French side at Quatre Bras looking towards the monument to the Duke of Brunswick who fell here leading his own troops:
|Quatre Bras and the Brunswick Monument 16 June 2015|
|Sketchbook page showing th Ferme d'en Haut, Ligny on 16 June 2015|
|Chateau In Ligny Centre 16 June 2015|
Here is a view from near the old Frischermont monastery at the eastern edge of the battle field. It is the view towards Plancenoit village that Brigades from General Bulow's 4th Prussian Corps would have had before they swept down to engage the French right wing at the end of the battle:
|Track to Plancenoit from Bois de Paris 17 June 2015|
|Frischermont heights from the track to Papelotte from La Belle Alliance, 19 June 2015|
Another view I painted was from the Frischermont heights across to the Butte de Lion (Lion Mound), which marks the rough centre of the Allied line. The Allied left wing stretched to the right edge of the picture and beyond. I think the white patch near the Mound must be the farm of La Haye Sainte - another key feature of the battle .
|Lion Mound from Frischermont Heights 17 June 2015|
On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo I painted at Hougoumont, the Allied bastion that all day resisted ever more frantic attempts by the French to capture it. Today all is peace and quiet but 200 years ago it was carnage, with the buildings on fire, wounded men and horse being burnt to death, cannon fire raining down and desperate hand-to-hand fighting within and outside the courtyards of the farm and chateau. This is a view of the South Gate today:
|Hougoumont South Gate 18 June 2015|
I made 15 oil paintings and filled a sketchbook. Visiting the battlefields and painting on them gave me a unique insight into the ground over which the Waterloo battles were fought. I was also very lucky to go to the re-enactments and get a feel for what it was like - especially all the white smoke that really does make you undetstand the phrase 'the fog of war'.