Friday, August 1, 2014
An illustration by JOB of the Marquis de Saint-Pern, commander of the regiment of the Grenadiers de France, encouraging his men as they stood in the open under heavy enemy fire at the battle of Minden, 1 August 1759:

Not wishing them to fall back, this officer rode slowly down the front of the line with his snuff-box in his hand and, taking no notice of the bullets, said, “Well, my boys, what’s the matter? Eh, cannon? Well, it kills you, it kills you, that’s all, my boys; march on, and never mind it!”.
(Sir Lees Knowles, Minden and the Seven Years War, p. 25)

Among the French officers of this unit killed on this day, there was the Marquis de Lafayette, lieutenant-colonel and father of the Lafayette of the American revolutionary war:

Ce dernier [Lafayette] éprouva un effet physique bien extraordinaire, au commencement de la cannonade: un tremblement universel agita ses nerfs; mais il sut de roidir contre cet effet fâcheux, en se tenant très-exactement à son poste, appuyé sur le fusil dont il était armé, afin de diminuer son agitation. Il demandait pardon aux grenadiers qu’il comandait de l’effet naturel qu’il éprouvait, et auquel il sut résister, jusqu’au moment où un boulet de canon le partagea par la moitié du corps.
(Mémoires autographes de M. le Prince de Montbarey, Vol. 1, p. 176)

An illustration by JOB of the Marquis de Saint-Pern, commander of the regiment of the Grenadiers de France, encouraging his men as they stood in the open under heavy enemy fire at the battle of Minden, 1 August 1759:

Not wishing them to fall back, this officer rode slowly down the front of the line with his snuff-box in his hand and, taking no notice of the bullets, said, “Well, my boys, what’s the matter? Eh, cannon? Well, it kills you, it kills you, that’s all, my boys; march on, and never mind it!”.

(Sir Lees Knowles, Minden and the Seven Years War, p. 25)

Among the French officers of this unit killed on this day, there was the Marquis de Lafayette, lieutenant-colonel and father of the Lafayette of the American revolutionary war:

Ce dernier [Lafayette] éprouva un effet physique bien extraordinaire, au commencement de la cannonade: un tremblement universel agita ses nerfs; mais il sut de roidir contre cet effet fâcheux, en se tenant très-exactement à son poste, appuyé sur le fusil dont il était armé, afin de diminuer son agitation. Il demandait pardon aux grenadiers qu’il comandait de l’effet naturel qu’il éprouvait, et auquel il sut résister, jusqu’au moment où un boulet de canon le partagea par la moitié du corps.

(Mémoires autographes de M. le Prince de Montbarey, Vol. 1, p. 176)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
franzvonosterreich:

Augusto Ferrier-Dalmau Nieto, Regimiento Asturias. Sangre Española (tr: Regiment “Asturias”. Spanish Blood), 2011

franzvonosterreich:

Augusto Ferrier-Dalmau Nieto, Regimiento Asturias. Sangre Española (tr: Regiment “Asturias”. Spanish Blood), 2011

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Botta cried out: “You will ruin the House of Austria, Sire, and damage yourself at the same time.” “It only depends on the Queen [Maria Theresa],” said the King, “to accept the offerings that have been made to her.” This made the marquis fall deep in thought; however, he collected himself and, speaking again in a tone and air of irony, he said: “Sire, your troops are very beautiful, I agree; ours do not have such an appearance, but they have seen the wolf. Think, I beseech you, about what you are going to undertake.” The King lost his patience and replied with vivacity: “You find that my troops are beautiful, and I shall make you agree that they are also good.” The marquis made a few more attempts at delaying the implementation of this project [the invasion of Silesia]: the King made it understood that it was too late, and the Rubicon was passed.

Botta s’écria : « Vous allez ruiner la maison d’Autriche, Sire, et vous abîmer en même temps. » « Il ne dépend que de la Reine, reprit le Roi, d’accepter les offres qui lui sont faites. » Cela rendit le marquis rêveur; il se recueillit cependant, et, reprenant la parole d’un ton de voix et d’un air ironiques, il dit : « Sire, vos troupes sont belles, j’en conviens; les nôtres n’ont pas cette apparence, mais elles ont vu le loup; pensez, je vous en conjure, à ce que vous allez entreprendre. » Le Roi s’impatienta et reprit avec vivacité : « Vous trouvez que mes troupes sont belles, et je vous ferai convenir qu’elles sont bonnes. » Le marquis fit encore des instances pour qu’on différât l’exécution de ce projet : le Roi lui fit comprendre qu’il était trop tard, et que le Rubicon était passé.

Frederick the Great, Histoire de mon temps, Chapter 2, my translation.

In which Marquis Antoniotto Botta Adorno tries to raise his voice, and it backfires (though not quite as horribly as in Genoa, 1746).

thegentlemanscloset:

Red velvet suit, French, 1778. The silver buttons on the waistcoat are ornamental. You can see this clearly in the bottom picture—the functional buttons are the smaller red ones. In the collection of the Kent State University Museum

(Source: kentstateuniversitymuseum.wordpress.com)

Friday, July 25, 2014

lobsterwarrior:

Russian Army uniforms in 1797-1801.

  • Officer of the Moscow Grenadier Regiment;
  • Regimental drummers of the Astrakhan, Tsaritsyn and Kizlyar Garrison regiments;
  • Engineering officer;
  • Private of the 1st Chasseur Regiment;
  • General of the Kargopolsky Dragoon regiment and officer of the Seversky Dragoon regiment;
  • Chief officer and grenadiers of the Old Ingermanlandsky Musketeer regiment.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Monday, July 21, 2014
lobsterwarrior:

Portrait of unknown Piqueurs. German, 18th century, oil on canvas, detail.

lobsterwarrior:

Portrait of unknown Piqueurs. German, 18th century, oil on canvas, detail.

(Source: redcoatlady)

Saturday, July 19, 2014
lecomtesanstete:

Meeting of the three kings (Frederick I in Prussia, August II (the Strong) of Poland and Frederick IV of Denmark) in Potsdam and Charlottenburg, by Samuel Theodor Gericke, 1709.

lecomtesanstete:

Meeting of the three kings (Frederick I in Prussia, August II (the Strong) of Poland and Frederick IV of Denmark) in Potsdam and Charlottenburg, by Samuel Theodor Gericke, 1709.

Friday, July 18, 2014
jeannepompadour:

Portrait of an unknown man by Joseph Highmore, 1745

jeannepompadour:

Portrait of an unknown man by Joseph Highmore, 1745