Friday, 19 June 2015

Funeral Procession

Yesterday, to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, the National Portrait Gallery in London displayed for the first time in its entirety the 66-feet-long panorama The Funeral Procession of Arthur, Duke of Wellington for one hour only. The photo shows a member of staff gazing at the work, a print of the hand coloured etching and aquatint created by Samuel Henry Gordon Alken and George Augustus Sala, published by Ackermann & Co on 1 March 1853. The funeral procession to St Paul's Cathedral was the greatest spectacle ever seen in England and was watched by a crowd estimated at a million and a half people.


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