INFANTRY OF THE FRENCH ROYAL ARMY
“En Joue” [“present/ready”] , copper engraving after Hubert-François Gravelot form the “Planches gravées d’après plusieurs positions dans lesquelles doivent se trouver les Soldats, conformément à l’Odonnance du Roi de l’exercice de l’Infanterie. Du 1er Janvier 1766” [Plates engraved after several positions in which the soldiers must be during the Infantry Exercise of 1 January 1766, in accordance with the King’s Order.] Published in 1766 by Guillaume de la Haye. Coloured by a later hand. Size (plate): 27 x 29,5 cm (frame: 48 x 50,5 cm.)
The French Royal Army (French: “Armée Royale Française”) serving from the mid-17th century until July 1830 was a model for the new regimental system that was to be imitated throughout Europe. It was regarded as Europe’s greatest military force and one of the most powerful armies in the world.
Price: Euro 450,- (incl frame)