NAPOLEONIC FRENCH MILITARY UNIFORMS 1798-1814: As Depicted by Horace and Carle Vernet and Eugène Lami
Series : From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 #79
Author : Guy Dempsey
ISBN-13 : 9781914059872
Now available in US
I'm pleased to be shown these other examples. They represent important cultural images and different approaches serve different purposes. Getting people interested in a subject is a huge fete, and these illustrations do that.
Indeed but this was not the intention of those above artists, they did show an indealized version of glamour.
These are very pretty pictures. One cannot view these and fail to be impressed by the colors, designs, the swords and the horses. Green and white are particularly majestic, especially on a brown horse. Red and blue on a white horse gets the heart pumping. "Capitalising on a wave of nostalgia" for Napoleon seems reasonable (and part of me hopes it never ends!) So does imagining these uniforms stained with blood and vomit and filled with the lifeless, mutilated corpses of hundreds of thousands of teenage boys who probably also liked the green and white, the blue and red, the gleaming weapons, and the mistaken belief that they died for someone who valued their lives.
Here are some plates from the book: