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The Battle of Königgrätz, July 3, 1866 (1866)
Christian Sell’s (1831-83) lithograph of the Battle of Königgrätz dates from 1866. In the central scene, Prussia’s King Wilhelm I pursues the retreating Austrians while accepting the “Hurrahs!” of his victorious foot-soldiers and cavalry. The painting also features specific parts of the battlefield and turning points in the day’s events, including, at the lower right, the cavalry battle that ensued during the Austrians’ panicked flight from the field of battle towards the town of Königgrätz.