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Title Napoleonic aquatint print by Genty - Gendarme a Pied
Nationality French
Period 1815

This shows a Gendarme a Pied of the Garde de Paris, right at the end of the Empire. Note that he still sports the red, white and blue cockade; under the Bourbons this was changed to plain white. The Gendarmes a Pied were responsible for preserving law and order in Paris.

The page has come from an album called 'Troupes Francaises' and is numbered 8 and dated 1815 at the top right. It was published by Genty (14 rue St Jacques, Paris).

The whole print measures 30.5 x 22.5cm and the hand colouring is still nice and bright. However, there is a 1.5cm tear at the bottom right, together with various abrasions on the edge of the piece, mostly visible in my image of the print. The word 'Imperiale' has been pencilled in at the bottom left corner to inform the ignorant!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Prints : French : 19th Century]


The iron cross you sent me came on Saturday morning. Very pleased with the medal.

A M, UK, 13.08.2007

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005