Wednesday 18 January 2017

Ball Dress

This is a painting of a young Napoleonic Line Infantry officer resting between dances at a ball.

He is wearing his dress uniform jacket with skin-tight doeskin britches, silk stockings , dancing shoes and a white silk stock.

Napoleon stole such a march on Wellington in 1815 that some officers left the Duchess of Richmond’s ball in Brussels with no opportunity to change into battle dress, spending the whole of the Battle of Waterloo in their best dancing uniforms.

Until next time


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