Albuhera - Elena Bondar

Polish Lancers attacking the Colour Party of the 3rd Buffs at the Battle of Albuhera on 16th May 1811 in the Peninsular War.

After the original painting by William Barnes Wollen: The Flag, Albuera (1912 – National Army Museum). One of the bloodiest battles of the Peninsula War, this painting shows the Buffs resolute defense of the colours. By incredible heroism, the colours remained intact but only 85 out of the 728 Buffs survived the battle.


Pixels: 6480 x 6354 pixels (117 MP)
Image Size: 36 x 35 inches (180 dpi)
Format: PDF (20 MB)
Price: €20

Behind the Canvas

Marshal Beresford’s hard fought battle against Marshal Soult on 16th May 1811 during the Peninsular War, with his army of British, Portuguese and Spanish troops.

The Battle of Albuhera is an important battle for the 3rd Old Buffs (from 1882 the East Kent Regiment). Lieutenant Latham was carrying the King’s Colour of 1st Buffs, when the regiment came under heavy attack by the Polish Lancers of the French Imperial Guard.

Ensign Walsh and the sergeants forming the Escort to the Colour became casualties. A lancer attacked Latham who fought him off, losing an arm in the combat.

Please see also my version Margaret Butler’s classic Scotland Forever.

About Albuhera

Downloadable medium-format PDF image scanned from Elena’s original oil painting. This is a medium-sized PDF, ideally suited for printing on canvas. A 2.75 inch (7 cm) ‘Museum style’ white margin is added to each side of the picture to allow for stretching/mounting. After completing the payment process, you will immediately receive a download link for your picture.