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The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras
oil on canvas
97.2 × 216.2 cm
inscribed in red paint l.l.: ET (monogram) / E · T / 1875
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1884
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Gallery location
Not on display

Commissioned from the artist by Charles J. Galloway, 1875; his collection, until 1884;  included in the Galloway sale, Christie’s, London, 28 May 1881, no. 61 (passed in); purchased from Galloway, on the advice of A. Taddy Thompson, for the National Gallery of Victoria, 1884.

Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1875, no. 853; Manchester, Newcastle- upon-Tyne, Leeds, Nottingham and Leicester 1875–76; Fine Art Society, London, 1877 (with The Roll Call, Balaclava and Inkerman); First Interchange Exhibition, Loan Collection of oil paintings, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, 1894, no. 2; Loan Collection of Pictures, Guildhall, London 1900, no. 15; Queensland Art Fund: Exhibition of Pictures from the Southern States, Brisbane, 1930, no. 31; Picture of the Month, NGV, Melbourne, 1974; Women Artists 1550–1950, Los Angeles, 1976, no. 98; Lady Butler, Battle Artist, National Army Museum, London, 1987–8, no. 21; The First Fifty Years: Nineteenth Century British Art from the Gallery Archives, NGV, Melbourne, 1992; Hidden Treasures, David Jones’ Art Gallery, Sydney, 1992.


The frame for Elizabeth Butler Thompson The 28th regiment at Quatre Bras 1815, painted in 1875 is in the manner of trophy frames, where the detailing of the frame carries a reference to the subject of the work it encompasses. The surface of the frame is inscribed in the gilding with place names and insignia.
The frame and painting travelled to Australia from England by ship (the S.S. “Ghazee”), leaving on 24 July 1884, in two separate crates.
The painting was shown at the Royal Academy London in the year it was painted, and this would be the frame used for that exhibition.

The frame was cleaned and restored in 2009.
The painting was cleaned and restored in 2006.

Unknown - 19th century

timber and gold leaf