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Dragoon's hoofprints... Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2009
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Many historical paintings show places on the Lines which are identifiable today.

"A Glimpse of the Enemy,1808" by William Barnes Wollen



Born at Leipzig, Germany, in 1857, Wollen may be regarded as one of the most prolific illustrators and artists of battle pictures of the late Victorian and early Edwardian era. He studied at the Slade School and as  with his contemporaries, he was attracted to the period of the Napoleonic Wars as a source for many of his pictures. As an illustrator, Wollen worked for the Illustrated London News, and for the Strand Magazine, where he illustrated stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. He  died in  London in 1936.

The picture above forms part of the UK National Army Museum's collection (and is copyright) and is reproduced here by special permission and with the help of Julia V. Page (it forms the rear dust cover illustration for her book "Intelligence Officer in the Peninsular ", published by Spellmount, ISBN 978-0946771714)

 The modern road to Lisbon, the A8, sits a little lower in the valley than the road shown by Wollen, but the outline of Monte Socorro is unmistakable.

the road to Lisbon

 The Lisbon road seems to have been a popular place for artists - the dragoons are a little further south than the ox-cart is : the enemy which the second trooper sees seem to be over towards Dois Portos - maybe they were also on the lookout for red-legged partidges !

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