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The defence of Rorke's Drift, 1879

The defence of Rorke's Drift, 1879

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12 by 16 inches 3D Canva

Painting by Alphonse de Neuville (1879). The Battle of Rorke's Drift which took place in Natal during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879. De Neuville based the painting on eye witness accounts and it depicts several events of the battle occurring at once.

Defenders depicted in the painting:

  • Lieutenant John Chard (to the right at the barrier in pale breeches with rifle)
  • Corporal Scammell of the Natal Native Contingent incorrectly shown in the uniform of the 24th or Corporal William Allen(handing cartridges to Chard)
  • Corporal Ferdinand Schiess (wearing a bandoleer and stabbing a Zulu at the barrier with his bayonet)
  • Chaplain George Smith (bearded man handing out cartridges from a haversack)
  • Acting Assistant Commissary James Dalton (sat in foreground with a wounded shoulder)
  • Surgeon James Reynolds (attending to Dalton's wound)
  • Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead (standing in the centre of the painting pointing to his left)
  • Private Frederick Hitch (standing behind Bromhead)
  • Private Henry Hook (carrying Private John Connolly on his back away from the burning hospital)
  • Assistant Commissary Walter Dunne (to the left holding a biscuit box)

• Fade-resistant
• 20.5 mil thick poly-cotton blend canvas
• Hand-stretched over solid wood stretcher bars
• Matte finish coating


Size guide

Height (cm) 30
Width (cm) 41
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