Lot 27. A LARGE AN IMPORTANT BATTLE OF WATERLOO RUMMER

A LARGE AN IMPORTANT BATTLE OF WATERLOO RUMMER, the flared bowl cut with flutes below an engraved frieze of the battle scene, the reverse with an urn of flowers, on a knopped stem and circular foot, c.1840, 9.5" high, 6" dia. In the background, a figure points his risen hat towards the enemy, perhaps representing the Duke of Wellington commanding his troops to the final advance. In the foreground a man, leaning on his sword for support, is helped to his feet by a comrade. This probably represents Field Marshal Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, whose leg was severely damaged on the final day of the battle. According to anecdote, upon injury Paget exclaimed, "By God, sir, I've lost my leg!", to which Wellington replied, "By God, sir, so you have!". In forming this composition the engraver would probably have drawn on numerous accounts of the Duke of Wellington's celebrated victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. One example of such a source is George Cruickshank's "Historical Account of the Battle of Waterloo", published 1817, which contained plans, maps and engraved views of the battle. In addition, contemporary prints of the battle were in wide circulation at the time. Cf: For a coin rummer of similar form dated 1843, see Charles Hajdermach, "British Glass 1800-1914" (Woodbridge, 1991), p. 152, pl. 116. For another rummer of related form engraved with Neptune and signed, T. Hudson, Newcastle, see Hugh Wakefield, "Nineteenth Century British Glass" (London, 1982), p. 84, pl. 80. Provenance: The Buxton Collection of engraved glass
Sold For £2600.00 In The Ceramics, Glass, Asian Art and Furniture - Sale Date 23rd February 2017

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