Monday, 16 February 2009

Watteau French infantry studies

Antoine Watteau did many pictures of French soldiers on the march, in the bivouac, and at rest. His studies are very human, it's not the great battles and sieges that interest him, more the picturesque qualities of the army of the end of Louis XIV period doing its everyday things.
I suppose it would be useful to reenact this period as one could probably pass as Seven Years War infantry too. Presumably the musket for use in this era is the famous M1717 - the first ordonnance firearm for the French army.


Bluebear Jeff said...

I appreciate the art. Thank you.

-- Jeff

Corporal_Trim said...

Marvellous drawings. Really captures the simple elegance of the French uniform.