A military history of the late 17th century and the early 18th century
Wiki gives "File:Bildnis eines Piqueurs deutsch 18 Jhr", so...it's a german painting of probably a german officer, 18th century. The painting was sold through Auctionhouse Van Ham in Cologne, Germany, so if you really have a lot of time you can dig through their auctions and catalogues to find out more.
Although he looks martial... a Piqueur is defined in Google as possibly being a hunting term - they wore uniform - apparently they were some kind of lead huntsman... it's also a French term.....
I think it's an officer (collar and half pike). French was the Lingua Franca of the elite in Europe, so it's not that strange it pops up in Germany. Also piqueur can mean machinist and a lot of other thimngs as well.
Very simple, just take a look at his cocard. White was the Bourbonic French colour.The gorgete shows he is an officercheersuwe
Could he be a doctor/medical man?? Hence the nickname.... or is he a horse doctor - a veterinarian....See also here:http://www.heritage-images.com/Preview/PreviewPage.aspx?id=1526602&pricing=true&licenseType=RM
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