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Auction: 17003 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 666

A fine scale model diorama of the defence of Rorke's Drift

depicting the scene of action between the hours of 18.30 and 20.00 on 22 January 1879, an accompanying 'map' identifying individual soldiers and their movements during that period, in two parts totalling 6ft. in length, 2 ft. in depth, together with acrylic cover and carrying cases, in excellent condition (Lot)

The diorama was created by Michael R. Morris in the period 1972-78, and was completed three months before the centenary year of the famous defence.


Wembley Model Engineers' Exhibition, 1989; awarded a commendation.
Olympia Fine Arts & Antiques Fair, 2005; as a central feature of an exhibition entitled 'FOR VALOUR'
Guards Chapel, 2006, as part of the 150th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Victoria Cross.
Antiques for Everyone Fair, Birmingham, 2007.

Sold with three related colour prints, namely a landscape view of the relief force arriving at Rorke's Drift on 23 January 1879, based on the drawing by Lieutenant-Colonel Crealock; the investiture of Major Chard with his V.C.; and a three-part image depicting the Rev. Otto Witt's house, the rescuing of the Colours at Isandhlwana and the graves of Lieutenants Melville and Coghill; given the scale and delicate nature of this Lot, collection is advised.

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