In a ditch in the foreground on the right are two British and three Egyptian men. From the left is a dead Egyptian, his bayonet and a tin showing an Egyptian flag lie on the ground; his fez has fallen off his head. Behind him is a British soldier calling out, waving his helmet in the air. Next to him, a British soldier swoons. Both wear their pouches and bags slung around to the front of the uniform: to the right of them are two Egyptians, one with a revolver in his hand. There are also boxes of ammunition in the ditch. A steep muddy bank rises at the back of the ditch, over which the British Cavalry come swarming. On the left, in the foreground, a mounted soldier holding a sword leans back to call to those who follow. Another mounted soldier, leaning well back in the saddle, jumps the bank, and loses his helmet; next to him, a riderless horse also jumps. To the right, coming up to jump the bank, is a team of horses which appears to be drawing a gun-carriage, with the riders holding whips high over their heads. On the extreme right a horse has its front hooves on the bank, and the rider looks down at the men in the ditch. In the background, the figures of sword-wielding riders can be seen, and on the left, infantrymen climb over the bank. One is from the Scottish regiment, as he wears a kilt and a sporran, and brandishes a bayonet. The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir was one of the most famous battles of the Egyptian War, declared 11 July 1882. The battle was the first important step in the campaign. The Highland Brigade included the Black Watch.
Where to see this painting?
Not all paintings are on display. If you want to see a particular painting, please contact the collection
More on this painting
purchased from Mr John Charlton, 1885, on long-term loan to the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, Salisbury