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GIBB, W. (c.1896) Folio,
"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Plate:           Telescope of the Duke of Wellington, and the Sword and Hat worn by him at Waterloo

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000462
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000462
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Artist:          William Gibb (c.1896), Edinburgh, Scotland

Plate:          Telescope of the Duke of Wellington, and the Sword and Hat worn by him at Waterloo

Folio:          Naval and Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes”

Publisher:    John C. Nimmo, London, England

Printer:         Imprimerie Lemercier et cie

Edition:        First Edition

Published:   1896, this plate is the first of nine monthly parts of an excellent work designed by Mr. William Gibb, of Edinburgh, England, of whom was a Master Illustrator and Chromolithographer within the publishing industry. This work is a prime example of Mr. Gibb to set out the Navel and Military Glory of England by a serious of water-color drawings to which the appended descriptive notes were by Mr. Richard R. Holmesą.  The induction within the Folio was by Viscount Wolseley.

Edition:        Plate 1 of 36

Date:            1896 (Acquired in 1978)

Medium:    Chromolithograph Plate, printed by Lemercier in Paris, heightened with Arabic gum.

Materials:     Water Color on Beige Pager;

Markings:     Signed. Lower Right Corner “W. Gibb”;

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Framed:      Yes, this item has remained within a decoratively matted, original frame since acquired by Mr. Prince

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000462

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

James Papalia Gallery, Clifton, New Jersey

James Papalia (Dealer) for Marshall Fields & Company

Footnote:             THE LITERARY WORLD – BOOK REVIEWS, Page 44, Vol. 54, From the July to December 1896 Edition, James Clarke & Company, Publishers, 13 & 14 Fleet Street, E.C., London, England

Footnote:             This item is part of Mr. Prince's Chromolithograph Collection.




So many personal relics of England’s great Commander-in-Chief are represented in this volume, which it is necessary to give, though only briefly, some account of his extraordinary and brilliant career. It is strange that of one, who every future deed is was noted and known; no really authentic record should exist of the place or date of birth. He was certainly born in 1769, and was fourth son of the Earl of Mornington, “most musical of Lords.” The spelling of the family name was uncertain, and was spelt Welsey till about 1790, when it settled into Wellesley, which so long as England has a history will never change. He was first at Eton, and afterwards sent to the Military College of Angers. He entered the army in 1787, and passing rapidly over the early grades became in 1793 Lieutenant-Colonel of the 33rd Regiment, still called after him. In 1796, having previously seen active service in 1794-1795 in Holland, under the Duke of York, he went with his regiment to India. Here his real career began. In 1798, his eldest brother, Lord Wellesley, arrived in India as Governor-General, and the Mysore war began, and in the storming of that fortress he commanded the reserve. On the outbreak of the Mahratta war he was placed in command of the army which was to restore the authority of the Peishwa, which had been overthrown by Holkar, Scindia, and others. He started from Seringapatam in March 1803, and on the 23rd of September he completely routed the Mahratta host in the sanguinary battle of Asseye. He returned to England in 1805, and in the summer of 1808 was appointed to the command of the troops to act against the French in Spain or Portugal. He fought the battle of Vimiero on the 21st of August, and had his advice been followed by the general who superseded him just as the victory was gained the whole of Marshal Junot’s army must have been captured or destroyed. His career in the command of the British Forces in the Peninsula is one long list of masterly movements and brilliant victories, culminating in the overwhelming victory at Vittoria on the 21st of June 1813, which the retreating French army was forced to retire beyond the Pyrencees, and the evacuation of the Peninsula was accomplished. In 1814 the advance was renewed, and that last battle of the war was fought at Toulouse, just after the abdication of Napoleon and the entry of the allies into Paris. To this city Wellington returned as Ambassador, and in February 1815 he took the place of Lord Castlereagh at the Congress of Vienna. Thither came the news of Napoleon’s escape from Elba and the fight of Louis XVIII. from Paris. Wellington and Blucher were entrusted with the invasion of France from the North. The events of this campaign are too well known to need repetition here. At Waterloo, having previously in the Peninsula beaten the Marshals of Napoleon in detail, Wellington finally vanquished their mater in one of the greatest and most momentous struggles in the military history of the world. His later life was occupied in the service of his country in other ways but he did not retire from public life till 1846. He died in 1852 and was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, where a monument, still unfinished, is erected to his memory. The cocked hat and sword were worn by him at Waterloo, and the telescope is the one he used during the engagement. On the cockade are the rosettes of two of his principal foreign orders.

In the Possession of the Duke of Wellington.



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