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Oil painting - The Convalescent from Waterloo
  • The Convalescent from Waterloo
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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The Convalescent from Waterloo

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting takes its subject from the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. Although it was reckoned a famous victory, there were huge casualties and many soldiers suffered long afterwards from the effects of their wounds and the primitive surgery of the time. Mulready’s picture had a mixed reception when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822. It was unusual in that it showed the effects of war and not the heroics of battle, the theme of so many other paintings of that era.

Physical description

Oil painting on panel, 'The Convalescent from Waterloo'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1822 (made)


Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel


Height: 60.5 cm estimate, Width: 76.9 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882

Exhibited at the British Institution, 1826, no.51 (3ft 3" x 3ft 9")

Descriptive line

'The Convalescent from Waterloo', oil on panel, by William Mulready RA, Great Britain, 1822

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 212-13


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Convalescence; Warfare; Wrestling; Soldiers; Landscapes; Children; Figures




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