Photos and Portraits of some of the people, places and events that occurred in the book
The Action was primarily set at Apsley House. Here is a photo of the actual house. Apologies for misleading you all with the cover but this is less mysterious.
The famous William Salter painting of the 1836 Waterloo Banquet, the primary inspiration for this novel.
The statue of Napoleon gifted to the Duke. You can now view it in a self-guided tour of Apsley House.
The Duke of Wellington.
The Prince of Orange c.1849 after ascending to the throne of the Netherlands.
A potrait of FitRoy Somerset from 1855.
The Ambassador from around the time of the banquet.
The King from around the time of the banquet
The Waterloo Despatch painting by David Wilkie – the most expensive painting that the Duke ever purchased.
By David Wilkie
The only known photo of the now extinct Quagga from 1870 at London Zoo
By Frederick York (d. 1903) – This file comes from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and is available online
Marengo – Napoleon’s horse as it is now displayed.
By Nick-DCC BY-SA 3.0,
Captain Barclay was a legendary figure in the sport of Pedestrianism. Here is what the scene would look like at the events.