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lobsterwarrior:

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

lobsterwarrior:

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

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Each century has its dominant passion; that for reforms marks the 18th. Pride makes us consider reforms as progresses, but in fact unfortunately they are nothing but innovations; and the immense mass of half-philosophers, of half-politicians, of half-savants easily grows accustomed to mistake “change” for “better”. Nature has bestowed upon time her revolutions, slow, quiet, intangible but irresistible; passions instead invade time’s dominion, and violently tear the web, that the former had been unravelling in silence.

Francesco Melzi d’Eril (1753-1816), later vice-president of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, here probably commenting on the reforms of Joseph II’s reign.

Original text here, the translation is mine.

L’Europe était dans la surprise de l’invasion inopinée de la Silésie. Les uns taxaient d’étourderie cette levée de boucliers; d’autres regardaient cette entreprise comme une chose insensée. Le ministre d’Angleterre, Robinson, qui résidait à Vienne, soutenait que le roi de Prusse méritait d’être excommunié en politique. En même temps que le comte de Gotter partit pour Vienne, le Roi envoya le général Winterfeldt en Russie; il y trouva le marquis de Botta, qui y soutenait avec toute la vivacité de son caractère les intérêts de la cour de Vienne. Cependant, dans cette occasion, le bon sens poméranien l’emporta sur la sagacité italienne, et M. de Winterfeldt parvint, par le crédit du maréchal Münnich, à conclure avec la Russie une alliance défensive; c’était tout ce qu’on pouvait désirer de plus avantageux dans ces circonstances critiques.

Frederick II of Prussia, Histoire de mon temps, Chapter II

Let us take a moment to appreciate: a.) Frederick reporting a comment remarking that Frederick himself should be “excommunicated in politics”; b.) the epic struggle of “Pomeranian good sense” vs “Italian sagacity”.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
WW1 Austrian postcard, featuring the first verse of Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter and cavalrymen in random uniforms.
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WW1 Austrian postcard, featuring the first verse of Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter and cavalrymen in random uniforms.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

gentlemaninkhaki:

Foot Soldier and Light Infantry, c. 1791, colored engraving and watercolor by and after Henry William Bunbury.

The ‘Light Bob’ wears a goatskin knapsack and half-gaiters. His coat has some curious, rather Frenchified, half-lapels (possibly an error on the part of the artist; they certainly aren’t regulation). Though obscure, the Hat Man appears to wear them as well.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
"Stop, comrade! For God’s sake, stop! That is my captain!"
I have honestly no idea what is going on, other than the infantry soldiers are late 18th century Austrians.
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"Stop, comrade! For God’s sake, stop! That is my captain!"

I have honestly no idea what is going on, other than the infantry soldiers are late 18th century Austrians.

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