Saturday, 10 October 2009

Watteau's birthday

An excuse to post one of these great studies of French soldiers with their backpacks, laden and on the march. These packs were stowed before battle with a small guard.
I had this idea of a French reenactment group that would basically do the Watteau style bivouacs and nothing else - no battles - just route marches and bivouacs. But it obviously didn't really catch on but the lazy nature of Watteau's studies captures a certain peace time languidness.
Soldat armé d'un fusil et d'une épée

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