The Black Watch at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, 1882

Henri Louis Dupray

The Black Watch at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, 1882
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

The Black Watch at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, 1882.

Oil on canvas by Henri Louis Dupray, 1900 (c).

Tel-el-Kebir lies at a strategic point on the railway between Ismailia and Cairo. On 13 September 1882 it was the scene of the final, decisive action of the Egyptian War, fought between the British (then joint rulers of Egypt, with France) and Arabi Pasha, an Egyptian Army officer and leader of the revolt against foreign rule.

The painting depicts the moment at first light when the Highland Brigade, having advanced within 150 yards of the Egyptian trenches and fixing bayonets as they went, stormed the enemy at bayonet-point. A complete rout of the Egyptians took place in a very short time, opening the way for the entry into Cairo, where Arabi surrendered on 14 September.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
74537
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1991-12-106-1

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