Present and Past: bicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo


On 18 June 2015, it is exactly 200 years ago that the Battle of Waterloo took place. After Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the Italian island of Elba in 1814, he managed to escape some months later and, with a hastily collected army, marched towards the French-Belgian border. However, this army was not strong enough against the Allied forces and Bonaparte had to admit defeat. Initially, Napoleon still tried to flee, but was arrested by the Allied forces and was banished again. This time to the island of St. Helena, where he died six years later.

Now, 200 years later, the Battle of Waterloo is extensively commemorated. This includes a re-enactment of the battle and the distribution of memorabilia, such as a commemorative coin, hats, mugs and even a Napoleon comic book. In 1865, 50 years after the battle, this was no different: even then there were more than enough souvenirs to remind the people of the end of the French rule. Below you see some examples. The Atlas Van Stolk has its own souvenirs: in the collection there is a piece of stationery that Napoleon left in his carriage during the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Helden. 1815 1865, 1865, AVS 26065

J.J. Sleyser, Waterloo God en Oranje maakt Neerland vrij 18 junij 1815 1865, 1865, AVS 26071

AVS 32988

'Present and Past' is a section in which the news of the day is connected to the collection of the Atlas Van Stolk