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Constantin Fidèle Coene (1780-1841). The meeting of Uxbridge and Wellington after the Battle of Waterloo.

March 1, 2015

Constantin Fidèle Coene (1780-1841). The meeting of Uxbridge and Wellington after the Battle of Waterloo. Ca. 1816. Oil on canvas, 83 x 140.5 cml. National Trust, Plas Newydd, Llangollen (Inv. 171497).

But Fortune’s pardon I must beg,
She wish’d not to disarm;
And when she – lopped the Hero’s Leg,
See did not seek his harm,
And but indulged a harmless whim,
Since he could walk with one,
She saw – Two legs were lost on him
Who never design’d to run!

– [Thomas Gaspey]. ‘Inscription for the Tomb erected to the Memory of the Marquis of Anglesea’s Leg, deposited at Waterloo.’ The European Magazine, and London Review. Vol. 73 (1818).

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