In the late nineteenth century Egypt was ruled by the Khedive and still belonged to the Ottoman Empire. The country was mired in widespread corruption and the economic situation the state was bankrupt.
Still, Egypt was very appealing to two colonial powers of the era: France and Britain, both attracted by the same objective, the Suez Canal.
Given the economic and political deterioration of the country, Britain and France created a committee to supervise the Khedive and safeguard their interests in the area.
In 1881 Colonel Arabi Bey Egyptian revolts along with other native officers. Britain sent a military contingent in order to restore order under the command of Lieutenant General Sir Wolseley.
Tel-El-Kebir is strategically located between Alexandria, Cairo and the Suez Canal. Being a plain and desert, making it easy for the defense forces and making it almost impossible to surprise attack. To overcome this difficulty, the British advance through the night of September 13, 1882 and take the assault at dawn the positions taken by the Egyptians in just over an hour. In the clash Egyptian forces suffered a major defeat, losing about 1500 men only 500 British expeditionary force.
With the win, Great Britain maintains its interests safe and will be the basis for the creation, years later, a protectorate over the area.
Recently, by chance, I discovered a forum post in a military theme with hundreds of prints, drawings, prints and paintings covering a variety of conflicts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, being amazed by one in particular, The storming of Tel-El-Kebir, the great French painter Alphone Marie de Neville.
The military museum in the castle of Edinburgh shows that work and for those who can not go, have a fantastic website where you can admire the beauty of the work of Neville and the names of the major players in the paint. I leave the link mentioned.http://www.nms.ac.uk/highlights/objects ... kebir.aspx
1 The ground
Inspired by the painting of Neville'll try to capture in his work plastic.
Start at the base, a photo frame comes from the Chinese in handy to support the diorama. Then we made a 2mm plasticard structure that allows us to give the desired height to the scene. The structure is removable. It will not be fixed to the frame to completion. This structure is filled with foam used to hold plastic flowers, and can be found at florists and decorating shops, is comfortable to work but very fragile (see picture as marking the fingers) and to give some resistance to the same paste over wooden sticks glue.
At the moment this is all folks. Soon more.