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Old 29-11-18, 01:22 AM
yorkie yorkie is offline
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Default A Soldier Artist in Zululand.

I am just re reading a very good book on the Zulu Wars of 1879 Titled "A SOLDIER - ARTIST IN ZULULAND. by William Whitelocke Lloyd. And the Anglo - Zulu War of 1879.
This book was written by the Zulu War Historian David Rattray, who I was fortunate to meet at his lodge at Fugitives Drift, just before his murder at home on 26th January 2007. I am copying the notes from the front cover as a guide .
" As an officer of the 1st Battalion of the 24th (second Warickshire ) Regiment of foot. Lieutenant William Whitelocke Lloyd (1856 - 1897) saw active service in the Anglo - Zulu War of 1879. He was also an artist of considerable talent . On his return to civilian life, he became the official artist for the P & O and Union Castle Lines, and several books were published of his artwork.depicting scenes of his life in the army as well as from his travels.
A different fate awaited most of the watercolour paintings and scetches he made during the Anglo - Zulu War, which had remained unpublished and unknown for more than a century. Bound together by the artist into an album, they were kept safe by the family who inherited them in an attic in England. and saw the light of day only in January 2000.
Copies were taken to Fugitives Drift in South Africa and brought to vthe attention of Zulu War Historian David Rattray. Recognising their significance as a unique pictorial record of the British Armys campaign in Zululand, David Rattray undertook to write Lloyd`s story and that of the war, thus providing a meaningful framework for the paintings.
From the sea voyage to Cape Town in July 1878, and throughout the Zulu War to the time Lloyd left South Africa in September 1879, the paintings give a graphic rendition, as accurate and informative as it is beautiful, of key events in the campaign. They include depictions of the aftermath of the battles of Isanlwana and Rorkes Drift, the site of the death of the Prince Imperial, and the final battle of Ulundi. In the accompanying text, details are given of the progress of William Lloyd and his companions of the 24th Regiment in pararell with the wider story of the campaign, up to the moment of the capture of the Zulu King Cetshwayo. The use of origional diaries and source material brings to life the stories of individuals and the paintings themselves shed new light on many of the events of the war. Biographical notes give in - depth information on all the personalities mentioned. This will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Anglo - Zulu War."

I am actually disposing of many hundreds of books on Military /Regimental historys etc. This is one of the few books I intend keeping. The paintings of the battlefields are so up to date that they could have been painted this year. In many cases, it is still possible to sit at the exact location that Lloyd set up his easel or sketched the subjects. A first class book but a very expensive item, if you are lucky enough to find a decent copy you could expect to pay over 100.for it.

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