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