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A brilliant artist

Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht (1858-1933) is a famous Dutch artist who produced hundreds of art works on Dutch military history in pen & ink drawings, aquarels and oil paintings. 

Sovereign House Books is delighted to share some of his fine art work relating to the 1815 Waterloo campaign in the next volume as well as in the third volume on the Battle of Waterloo.

Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht

Exiled French royalists in 1815

With some three weeks in advance of the release of Volume Two it is perhaps nice as well as interesting for everyone to know we will continue following the endeavours of the exiled French royalists, where we left them behind in our first volume. King Louis XVIII and his entourage in Ghent, or their small derelict army cantoned at the town of Alost, embodied an awkward relationship with the Netherlands officials by continuously harassing each other over small political and military affairs. As such this small history is once again worth paying attention to.
























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Dutch perspective on Project Hougoumont

Last Summer of 2012 I visited one of the fine conferences of the Belgian delegation of Souvenir Napoleon held at the Hôtel de la Paix, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent the night after his victory of the Battle of Ligny. I had the rare occasion to climb the 55 metres tall water tower of the village of Fleurus under the watchful eye of the local fire brigade and look in awe across the battlefield of Ligny. In the far distance I could distinguish the battlefields of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Even the Lion Mound was visible on the far horizon.

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Fighting in the Bois de Bossu

For the first time ever the most detailed reconstruction is presented on the continuous fighting during the battle of Quatre Bras in the Bois de Bossu. The wood formed the stronghold in the tactical plan devised in the morning prior to the battle by General Perponcher and Colonel von Sachsen-Weimar. It was the secure flank the troops fighting in the fields needed. 

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Proud to present Pieneman's 'Quatre Bras'

We are proud to present the famous painting 'Quatre Bras' of the Dutch historical painter Jan Willem Pieneman in our next volume 'Quatre Bras, Perponcher's gamble'. Pieneman was commissioned shortly after 1815 to represent the Prince of Orange for his heroic conduct during the battle of Quatre Bras and finished it in 1817. The oil canvas toured through several towns of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and gained much appreciation, before it reached its final destination Palace Soestdijk where it can still be seen today.

Pieneman's 'Quatre Bras'

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