In pictures: Waterloo 1815

 A selection of objects go on show in Cambridge in May to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo

'The campaign of Waterloo, illustrated with engravings of Les Quatre Bras… and other principal scenes of action… together with a grand view of the battle on a large scale', by Thomas Hartwell Horne, 1816 © Cambridge University Library

 

Details of an amputation, by Dominique Jean Larrey, who led the French medical services at Waterloo. Larrey was greatly admired by Napoleon, who appointed him Surgeon-in-Chief to the Imperial Guard and then Surgeon-in-Chief to the Grande Armée in 1812 © Cambridge University Library

 

A detailed account of the battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo, by Nicolson Bain. Rich in statistic, anecdote and quotation, Bain's account was supplemented by an informative plan of the battlefield of Waterloo – hand-coloured here – supplied with both French and English scales © Cambridge University Library

 

Napoleon Bonaparte, often attributed to Pierre Auguste Marie Miger, 1806 © Cambridge University Library

 

The frontispiece to William Mudford’s 1816 account of the battle of Waterloo © Cambridge University Library

 

'The life of Napoleon: a Hudibrastic poem in fifteen cantos by Doctor Syntax', 1815. This verse biography of Napoleon has sometimes been attributed to William Combe. This sunset view of the former Emperor disembarking on Elba in 1814 is the last print in the volume, and would have been seen as marking the final episode in Napoleon’s story © Cambridge University Library

 

A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815, the Battle and its Books is on show at Cambridge University Library from 30 April–16 September 2015. Find out more at the library's website

 

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