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  • BATTLE OF WATERLOO CAMPAIGN CLOAK AT SOTHEBY’S

    The campaign cloak said to have been worn by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo – 200 years ago today – comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 14. Estimated at £20,000-30,000, the mud-spattered Waterloo campaign cloak can be traced back to Lady Caroline Lamb, who had an affair with Wellington in the summer of 1815. Never before sold or publicly exhibited it is the best documented item of Wellington’s costume ever likely to come to auction. Sotheby’s say that though it is not possible to be certain that Wellington was wearing this particular cloak on June 18, 1815, its appearance and characteristics, together with the provenance, leave little double that it was a campaign cloak used by Wellington during the Waterloo campaign.

    A Battle of Waterloo watercolour by Turner, who had visited Waterloo in 1817 and painted it in 1833, offers a view of the aftermath of the war torn battlefields. Estimated at £150,000-250,000 it will come up along with two portraits of The Iron Duke, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). One is by French artist Jean-Baptise Isabey (£15,000-25,000) and the other by William Grimaldi (£6,000-8,000). They will be offered at  Sotheby’s Old Master and British Drawings sale on July 8.

    The Duke of Wellington's cloak from the Waterloo campaign.

    The Duke of Wellington’s cloak from the Waterloo campaign.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £47,500

    J.M.W. Turner's watercolour of the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo.

    J.M.W. Turner’s watercolour of the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £221,000

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