The Field of Waterloo / Le Champ de Bataille de Waterloo

John Heaviside Clark (c.1771 - 1863)
Matthew Dubourg

Coloured aquatint

published 18 January 1817
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    John Heaviside Clark worked as an engraver, book illustrator and a landscape and marine painter. He was born in Scotland, but worked in London from 1802 to 1832. Clark exhibited his works, mainly maritime and landscape subjects, at the Royal Academy from 1812 to 1832. He was known as ‘Waterloo Clark’ as a result of the many sketches he made of the scene immediately after the conclusion of the Battle of Waterloo. Publications illustrated by Clark include ‘Field Sports Etc. of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales’ (1813) and ‘Practical Illustration of Gilpin’s Day’ (1824). He died in Edinburgh in October 1863. Examples of his work can be found at Glasgow Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and Maidstone Museum.
    Matthew Dubourg was a London-based aquatint engraver of sporting, military and topographical views, made after works by contemporary artists. He often collaborated with the draughtsman and aquatint engraver John Clark. Dubourg exhibited two miniature portraits at the Royal Academy in 1786 and 1797, when his address was 17 Duke Street, off Manchester Square. He later exhibited a ‘Scene near Vauxhall’ at the Academy in 1808, by which time he had moved to 22 East Street, Lambeth.
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    The Field of Waterloo / Le Champ de Bataille de Waterloo
    published 18 January 1817
    Coloured aquatint
    height: 45.50 cm, width: 74.50 cm
    Purchased from Christie's, 12 February 1980
    Sold through Christie's, London, on 12 February 1980 (Lot 122); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
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