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Filename: K021254.jpg

Size: 5212 x 3353 (18.0MB)

Date: 4th April 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Wilkin - Battle of Hastings K021254

BATTLE ABBEY, East Sussex. " The Battle of Hastings " c1820 by Frank W WILKIN (1791-1842)

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1066 Battle Field Battlefield Conqueror Horse King Military Monarchy Norman Paintings Saxon William I Harold


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This painting, titled "The Battle of Hastings," was created by English artist Frank Wilkin around 1820. The scene depicts the pivotal moment in English history when the Norman-French army of William the Conqueror clashed with the Saxon army of King Harold Godwinson on October 14, 1066. The battlefield is depicted at Battle Abbey in East Sussex, where the engagement is said to have taken place. William I, the Duke of Normandy, is depicted on horseback at the center of the painting, wearing his distinctive helmet and holding his standard aloft. His armored knights charge forward, their lances lowered and ready to strike. King Harold and his Saxon soldiers, dressed in chainmail and shields, are shown in the distance, forming a defensive line. The chaos of battle is evident in the swirling clouds of dust and the clashing of weapons. The Battle of Hastings marked the end of Saxon rule in England and the beginning of the Norman Conquest. William's victory secured his claim to the English throne and ushered in a new era of monarchy. The painting captures the raw power and intensity of the battlefield, offering a glimpse into the past and the momentous events that shaped the course of English history. Frank Wilkin's masterful use of light and shadow, as well as his attention to detail, bring the painting to life and transport the viewer back to the fateful day of October 14, 1066. This beautiful work of art is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Battle of Hastings and the indelible mark it left on the annals of history.

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