It is possible that this soldier fought in the Battle of Blenheim which took place on 13 August 1704. This was a major battle of the War of the Spanish Succession in which the forces of the Grand Alliance of England, Austria, the United Provinces, Prussia, Denmark, Hesse and Hanover fought the French and Belgian forces. The Grand Alliance forces were commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and Prince Eugene of Savoy. Blenheim was a decisive victory for the Grand Alliance and put an end to King Louis XIV's plans to dominate Europe.
Collection of W. H. G. T. Turner; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 8 May 1936 (Lot 127), as English School, ‘Portrait of the Duke of Marlborough’; from which sale purchased by ‘Rattray’ on behalf of the Office of Works
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