1901 All That Was Left of Them - Richard Caton Woodville

Illustrates the scene at Modderfontein Farm where a squadron of the 17th lancers were pinned down by a large Boer force, and fought to the finish. Modderfontein Farm in the Eastern Cape, about 10 miles from Tarkastad, was the the battle on the 17th September 1901, between the 17th Lancers who had camped there, and General Jan Christiaan Smut’s Boer Commandos. C squadron of the 17th Lancers lost 3 Officers and 35 troopers, a single action in which the 17th Lancers lost more men in one day than any other day, inclduing that of the infamous charge of the Light Brigade. Also killed that day were three gunners from the Royal Garrison Artillery. Another account states that out of 130 men, 29 were killed and 41 wounded. All Officers had been killed or wounded.

Napoleón I de Francia concediendo la Legión de Honor a un dragón por la captura de una bandera del regimiento imperial.
Napoleon I of France awarding the Legion d'Honneur to a dragoon for the capture of an Imperial regimental flag.

Richard Caton Woodville Junior (1856-1927), 1889.


Richard Caton Woodville- Pre Civil War Artist 

Over a remarkably short career that lasted just a decade due to his untimely death at age thirty from an overdose of morphine, Richard Caton Woodville (1825-1855) created an small but important body of work that engaged with the major issues dominating American society in the years leading up to the Civil War.

Themes touched on by Woodville’s paintings include: the politics of manifest destiny as played out in the Mexican War; the transformative effects of new technologies, including the railroad and the telegraph; and the rise of an ambitious class of visionary citizens intent on putting the ideals of democracy into practice.

His son Richard Caton Woodville, Jr. became a famous British battle scene painter

Title Kassassin: the midnight charge of the Life Guards, 28 August, 1882

Subtitle the midnight charge of the Life Guards, 28 August, 1882

Series Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection

Contributors Woodville, Richard Caton, 1856-1927 (artist) Fine Art Society (publisher) Knoedler & Co. (publisher)

Date Issued 01-01-1884 

Abstract Col. photogravure (proof) after Woodville, signed by artist; British cavalry charging Egyptian infantry and artillery in foreground; 2 small milit. bust ports. below (probably Maj. Gen. Drury-Lowe and Col. Baker-Russell).

Keywords Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882 Battles 

Notes Giant oblong folio; margins intact; clean.London, Parker, 1965.title provided by cataloger

Extent 1 engraving; 85.5 x 55.9 cm.