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Title
Eagle Bearer of Napoleon's Grande Armee
Alternative Title
Porte-Aigle
Contributor
Charlet, Nicolas Toussaint (artist)
Publication Information
Ella Strong Denison Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Fashion Plate Collection, 19th Century
Rights Information
For more information on copyright or permissions for this image, please contact the Ella Strong Denison Library at http://libraries.claremont.edu/denison
Description
One of several drawings from "La Vieille Armee francaise" (1820) or "La Vie politique et militaire de Napoleon" (Paris, 1826), showing infantry uniforms or "military exploits under the First Empire, which made [Charlet's] work popular with the opposition under the Restoration and influential in the propagation of a mythic view of the Napoleonic era" (Oxford Art Online: Charlet, Nicolas-Toussaint). This is an illustration of a "Porte-Aigle" in Napoleon's regiments, the soldier charged with carrying the Eagle. The Eagle Bearer carried the figure of an eagle on a staff into battle. Napoleon had modeled this eagle standard on the Roman Imperial eagles. The Eagle Bearer wears the high collared blue jacket, white trousers, and gorget and breast plate of his uniform. He wears his tall black bearskin cap with a red plume and gold band and tassel. Across the front of his uniform is a red, white, and gold sash with gold fringe. He has white gauntlets, white gaiters over black boots, and wears his sword at his waist. His right hand holds the standard with the French colors and the Eagle. Behind him is massed infantry and an officer on horseback.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/fpc/id/649
Language
French
Subject
Braid
Epaulettes
Feathers
Flags
Hats
Headgear
Neckwear
Sashes (Clothing)
Shoes
Tassels
Horses
Imperialism History 19th century
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Military weapons--France
Pommels
Breeches (Trousers)
Military decorations
Standards, Military--France--History--19th century
Time Period
1880-1889
French - First Empire, 1804-1814
Place
France
Source
Fashion plate, engraving (print), colored, 10 x 14.125 inches; Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Macpherson Collection, Costume Plates of Myrtle Tyrrell Kirby, box 13
Relation
Fashion Plate Collection, 19th Century - http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/fpc

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