The Relief of Ladysmith, 27 February 1900
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

The Relief of Ladysmith, 27 February 1900

John Henry F Bacon

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The Relief of Ladysmith, 27 February 1900.

Oil on canvas by John Henry Frederick Bacon (1868-1914), 1900.

The Siege of Ladysmith was one of the most famous incidents of the Boer War (1899-1902). Following initial successes against the invading Boers at Talana and Elandslaagte (20 and 21 October 1899), Lieutenant-General (later Field Marshal) Sir George White (1835-1912) commanding the Natal Field Force, was driven back. White concentrated his forces at the strategic town of Ladysmith where he was besieged by Boers.

General Sir Redvers Buller (1838-1908) and his troops finally relieved the town on 28 February. In this painting, which may not depict an actual event, Lieutenant-General Sir George White shakes hands with Colonel (later Lieutenant-General) Lord Douglas Hamilton, 12th Earl Dundonald (1852-1935), representing Buller's relieving force at nearby Pieter's Hill on the outskirts of Ladysmith.

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NAM. 1996-04-1-1

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