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‘Napoleon after Waterloo’ by Ernest Crofts RA (1847–1911).

The painting – which depicts the emperor in the aftermath of the battle and soldiers attempting to control his horse Marengo – is signed by the artist and dated 1896.

All our paintings are sold in the finest condition they can be for their age having been professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Ernest Crofts was one of the leading military-historical painters of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. He favoured historical subjects of the Napoleonic era and English Civil War.

Crofts had an outstanding knowledge of military costumes and built a large collection of original uniforms and militaria enabling him to depict these in minute and authentic detail. Crofts was also known to have sketched on various battlefields during the Prussian war with France and was present at the battle of Gravelotte.

Between 1867 and his death in 1911, Ernest Crofts exhibited 47 paintings at the Royal Academy in London, as well as at the Royal Society of British Artists. Crofts was made an Associate of the RA in 1878 and a full Royal Academician in 1896.

Dimensions: (framed) 40cm x 51cm (15¾” x 20”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 26cm x 37cm (10¼” x 14½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Circa 1900; with H & P de Casseres, 47 Duke St, St James's Square, London. Thence in private UK collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

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