Members' appeal 2015

Secure the earliest images of the Battle of Waterloo for a wider audience.

Thomas (?) Stoney, The Village of Waterloo (detail). Watercolour over graphite, 20 June 1815.

I do hope that, with your assistance once again, we can ensure these watercolours enter a public collection as an important part of the narrative of Bonaparte’s final battle.

Neil MacGregor, Director

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the end of more than 200 years of continuous warfare across Europe. Thanks to a very generous offer, the British Museum has the opportunity to acquire images which until now had been completely unknown – the Stoney Waterloo Album.

The watercolours depict the landscape and aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, showing many of the most famous sites. The views include three long panoramas of the battlefields of Waterloo and of Quatre Bras, ten miles to the south where bitter fighting took place two days before the climactic battle on 18 June. Smaller watercolours focus on the village of Waterloo and famous sites of the battle. We are asking our Members to make a contribution to help us acquire them.

Members have shown their generosity in the past in responding to our calls for urgent support and, with your help, we hope to make these drawings part of the permanent collection. You can donate online now, or if you prefer, you can donate over the phone by calling the Membership team on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.