A Soldier Artist in Zululand
WILLIAM WHITELOCKE LLOYD AND THE ANGLO – ZULU WAR OF 1879
Featuring previously unpublished watercolour paintings and sketches of the Anglo-Zulu War, by Lieutenant William Whitelocke Lloyd.
As an officer in the 2nd Battalion of the 24th 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. But the watercolour paintings and sketches he made during the Anglo-Zulu War have remained unpublished and unknown for more than a century. Kept in an album in the home of the Becher family in England, they saw the light of day only in January 2000 when copies were taken to Fugitives’ Drift in South Africa and shown to Zulu War expert David Rattray, who immediately recognised their significance as a unique pictorial record of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
From the sea voyage to Cape Town in July 1878 and throughout the Zulu campaign, to the time Lloyd departed in September of 1879, the paintings give a graphic rendition, as accurate and informative as it is beautiful, of key events in the campaign, including the aftermath of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, the death of the Prince Imperial and the final battle of Ulundi. In the accompanying text details are given of the progress of the 24th Regiment in parallel with the wider story of the campaign.
The use of original diaries and source material infuses the stories of individuals with life, and the paintings themselves shed new light on many of the events of the war.
This will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Anglo-Zulu War.