Hillingford. Victorian military artist whose military art prints of
battle scenes of Waterloo, Balaclava and Blenheim are available from
Cranston Fine Arts the Military Art Company. Robert Hillingford was
one of the great military artists.
HILLINGFORD, Robert Alexander.
Born London 1825. Died there in 1904. Hillingford was a very prolific artist of Historic genre pictures particularly
scenes of battle. He was a Costume Realist and like many similar artists of the
day such as Crofts, Woodville and Leutze, he studied in Dusseldorf returning to
England in 1864, and exhibited his first picture at the Royal Academy two years
later. Towards the end of his life he began to paint military scenes
particularly events from the Napoleonic Wars, i.e. there are numerous paintings
by him depicting incidents before, during and after the battle of Waterloo.
Other themes popular with the artist were the battles of the Duke of
Marlborough, Dettingen, and military events of the seventeenth century, but
Hillingford did produce some contemporary paintings such as Sebastapol; the
attack on the Redan exhibited in 1899 and his Royal Academy picture of 1901,
South Africa 1901: the dawn of Peace in which Lord Kitchener on horseback holds
up a peace proclamation surrounded by Boer Civilians. Hillingford paid close
attention to accuracy in details of dress and had a collection of original
uniforms. He was Vice President of the Kernoozers Club, the members of which
were all collectors of objects d'art and militaria, but he achieved limited fame
during his lifetime.