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Pen and Ink Drawing - Study for Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Despatch

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1915P10.1
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1816 - 1821

Maker Information

Artist:Sir David Wilkie - View biography for Sir David Wilkie


The oil painting for which this is a study was commissioned by the Duke of Wellington in 1816. The artist thought it would take two years, but it was not in fact finished and exhibited at the Royal Academy until 1822. The set of four studies mounted on one sheet belong to a late stage in the planning of the composition, as they relate closely to the finished painting. The painting now hangs in the Yellow Drawing Room at Apsley House.

Presented by John Postle Heseltine, 1915.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Life Study
Medium:Pen and brown ink on paper.


Height:121 mm
Width:105 mm