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The Waterloo Archive

A selection of paintings, prints, letters, documents and written ephemera associated with the battle of Waterloo and gathered by Michael Crumplin over the past forty years. The items were photographed, courtesy of Michael Crumplin, prior to their dispersal in 2012.

All images © Wrexham Heritage Service
Photography by David Heke, Quetzal Photography, Chester

Frontispiece to An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, published by Henry Colburn, London, 1817.

Espionage document containing information from French army HQ about French troop movements, April 1815.

2nd Battalion, 73rd and the 2nd Battalion, 30th Regiments of Foot, in squares at the battle of Waterloo; oil painting by Cartwright.

The Decisive Charge of the Lifeguards at the Battle of Waterloo, engraved by J. Rogers, coloured by Clenell.

The Imperial Guard, print from original by R.Hillingford.

The Marquess of Anglesea, Wounded, print published September 1st, 1815. The marquess was wounded while at the battle of Waterloo.

The Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby at Waterloo, print published 1817. Ponsonby was in charge of the heavy cavalry on the British side at Waterloo.

View from Mont St.Jean of the Battle of Waterloo; print published in The Campaign of Waterloo, Robert Bowyer, London, 1816. The print shows the state of the battle at about 7.00pm.

Last Charge of the 52nd Regiment of Foot, Waterloo; print after an original painting by Laslett J. Pott.

Map showing troop positions at the battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815; published 1st August 1815.

Conveying French cannon from the field at Waterloo, 24th July 1815, print published in The Campaign of Waterloo, Robert Bowyer, London, 1816.

Burying the dead at Chateau Hougoumont following the battle of Waterloo, print by William Mudford, published in An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, 1817.

View of the woods near Hougoumont, after the battle of Waterloo; print by William Mudford, 1817.

The French headquarters at La Belle Alliance, following the battle of Waterloo; print by William Mudford, 1817.

The French headquarters at La Belle Alliance, following the battle of Waterloo; print by William Mudford, 1817.

View of the cottage at Valette; print by William Mudford, 1817. Note the nuns attending to the wounded following the battle of Waterloo.

The Battle of Waterloo, print, drawn and etched by G.Cruikshank, with assistance from officers who were at the battle; published in An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, 1817.

The Battle of Waterloo, print published by Edward Orme, 1816. The print shows the injured being unloaded in La Grande Place in Brussels following the battle.

Official bulletin on the fighting at Waterloo, The Times, June 22nd 1815.

Letter from Joseph Muter to his brother, James, written following the battle of Waterloo, 10th July 1815 First page of three.

Letter from Joseph Muter to his brother, James, written following the battle of Waterloo, 10th July 1815. Second page of three.

Letter from Joseph Muter to his brother, James, written following the battle of Waterloo, 10th July 1815. Third page of three.