Napoleonic Wars Forum

The Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815

Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

For all discussions relating to other military and naval matters of the Napoleonic period not covered by the above.

Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » March 19th, 2013, 9:06 pm

Any member have any actual photographs or portraits of veterans taken in later life, from any country ?

I have the one below, Capt Charles Holman, wearing MGSM, Portuguese campaign cross and Waterloo medal.

Would love to see some more :)

Andy
Attachments
phpBiP6NJPM.jpg
phpBiP6NJPM.jpg (36.36 KiB) Viewed 5546 times
"Thus the war terminated, and with it all remembrance of the veteran's services" Gen W F P Napier.
User avatar
OXFORDMON
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 1841
Joined: June 5th, 2011, 9:07 am
Location: Devon

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Mark » March 19th, 2013, 9:21 pm

I have always found photos like this fascinating! If only the camera had been invented at the time of the Napoleonic Wars!

Thank you for sharing, Andy!

Mark
Mark Simner BA (Hons) MSc | Web: http://marksimner.me.uk | Twitter @marksimner
User avatar
Mark
Forum Administrator
 
Posts: 3630
Joined: May 12th, 2011, 7:52 pm
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby jf42 » March 19th, 2013, 10:11 pm

This fairly well known collection should fit the bill.

http://dl.lib.brown.edu/libweb/colle...b/veterans.php
User avatar
jf42
Senior Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1286
Joined: June 23rd, 2011, 10:17 am
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » March 20th, 2013, 1:10 am

May I humbly suggest a post I did to commemorate Waterloo on my blog. Showing as many pictures as I could find of veterans. They are mostly British, could not find any Prussians and the French Veterans photo's are everywhere now. Thanks for sharing Holman's. Do you know what regiment he was in at Waterloo?

Waterloo Men
http://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpres ... /#more-114

Josh.
Adventures In Historyland, Keeping History Real. http://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpress.com/
User avatar
Josh&Historyland
Senior Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1885
Joined: March 2nd, 2013, 1:14 pm

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » March 20th, 2013, 10:27 am

Josh&Historyland wrote:May I humbly suggest a post I did to commemorate Waterloo on my blog. Showing as many pictures as I could find of veterans. They are mostly British, could not find any Prussians and the French Veterans photo's are everywhere now. Thanks for sharing Holman's. Do you know what regiment he was in at Waterloo?

Waterloo Men
http://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpres ... /#more-114

Josh.


Some excellent photo's on your blog Josh, i have never seen Frederick Pattison's photo, but have read his 'Horror Recollected in Tranquillity'. Thanks for posting :)

Holman served in the 52nd LI at Waterloo, his sword was holed by a musket ball during the battle, and he carried it for many years after.

Andy
"Thus the war terminated, and with it all remembrance of the veteran's services" Gen W F P Napier.
User avatar
OXFORDMON
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 1841
Joined: June 5th, 2011, 9:07 am
Location: Devon

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » March 20th, 2013, 4:20 pm

Thanks, Andy glad you liked it.

"Go on Colborne they won't stand!"
There can be fewer more stirring moments of Waterloo than when Colborne wheeled his excellent regiment left and enfiladed the Guard, and to think that Holman was there, amazing

"so well-directed a fire was poured in, that down the bank the Frenchmen fell and, I may say, the battle of Waterloo was gained." William Hay (Light Dragoons)

"[After the advance towards the end of the battle] Leeke, who carried the King's colour, found a foot and a half of the pole wet with blood; Holman, ..., had three musket balls through his sword blade, and wore it for many years"
– D. H. Parry.

Veterans photo's are great there must be lots as yet undiscovered, I haven't seen that many Peninsular war ones, and indeed it was a great irritation to me when I wrote that post that I couldn't find George Scovell's photograph on the Internet (he was at Waterloo as well after all), despite the fact it is shown in Mark Urban's book "The Man who broke Napoleon's Codes"

Josh
Adventures In Historyland, Keeping History Real. http://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpress.com/
User avatar
Josh&Historyland
Senior Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1885
Joined: March 2nd, 2013, 1:14 pm

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » March 20th, 2013, 6:21 pm

Josh&Historyland wrote:had three musket balls through his sword blade, and wore it for many years"


Wow, i should read Leeke again, lucky fellow !! :shock:

Andy
"Thus the war terminated, and with it all remembrance of the veteran's services" Gen W F P Napier.
User avatar
OXFORDMON
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 1841
Joined: June 5th, 2011, 9:07 am
Location: Devon

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » March 20th, 2013, 6:30 pm

Thomas Smith 95th Rifles (brother of Sir Harry) the first British officer to enter Paris after Waterloo

Andy
Attachments
phpYLxE5pAM.jpg
phpYLxE5pAM.jpg (48.83 KiB) Viewed 5511 times
"Thus the war terminated, and with it all remembrance of the veteran's services" Gen W F P Napier.
User avatar
OXFORDMON
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 1841
Joined: June 5th, 2011, 9:07 am
Location: Devon

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » March 20th, 2013, 9:04 pm

Excellent! You're just showing me up now though :) couldn't find his photo either on the Internet. Do you own that?

Josh.
Adventures In Historyland, Keeping History Real. http://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpress.com/
User avatar
Josh&Historyland
Senior Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1885
Joined: March 2nd, 2013, 1:14 pm

Re: Photographs of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » March 20th, 2013, 9:13 pm

Josh&Historyland wrote:Excellent! You're just showing me up now though :) couldn't find his photo either on the Internet. Do you own that?

Josh.


From the Sir Harry and Lady Smith Gallery at Winchester

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=812&hilit=ladysmith

Andy
"Thus the war terminated, and with it all remembrance of the veteran's services" Gen W F P Napier.
User avatar
OXFORDMON
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 1841
Joined: June 5th, 2011, 9:07 am
Location: Devon

Next

Return to Other Military & Naval Matters

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests