William Siborne has played a major role in our understanding of the
battle of Waterloo, and has left a lasting legacy in the form of two large
models, a collection of eyewitness accounts, and a history of the
campaign that has remained in print since it was first published in 1844.
But Siborne's history has become clouded in controversy, and as a result
his skills as a model maker have gone largely unnoticed. A recent project
to conserve his New Waterloo Model at the Royal Armouries in Leeds has
presented a unique opportunity to review this aspect of his work, and to
appreciate some of the subtleties of this complex piece of art.
William Siborne is best known for his History of the War in France and Belgium, which
despite being criticized for its over reliance on British sources, remains one of the
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