Category Archives: 1809

Light infantry of the Imperial Guard (Napoleon 1st, 1809)

French Light infantry uniforms. Napoleon Imperial Guard. Outfielder. Rifleman uniform.

Light infantry of the French Imperial Guard 1809

Light infantry of the Imperial Guard (Napoleon 1st, 1809).

Outfielder. Rifleman.

Infanterie légère de la Garde Impériale (Napoléon 1er,1809). Voltigeur. Carabinier.

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The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison

France First Empire style. England Regency costumes. Empress Josephine. Park at Malmaison

The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison by Pierre Prud’hon

The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison (1809) by Pierre Prud’hon.

French Neo-classicism, Romanticism painting. France First Empire costume period. England Regency, Georgian fashion period.

From the Book: Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; (1896) by Sloane, William Milligan.

German and French Empire fashion 19th Century.

Regency fashion. German costumes 19th century.  French First Empire fashion.

German and French fashion. First Empire costumes.

German and French Empire fashion. Regency period. First third of the 19th Century.

Top row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1809 bis 1812. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of the years 1802 1803 and 1804.
Bottom row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1802 bis 1804. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1808 and 1809. Empire style.

On the history of costumes. Münchener Bilderbogen. Edited by Braun and Schneider 1860.

Spanish Courier, 1809

Spanish saddle. Traditional Spanish courier costume.

SPANISH COURIER

SPANISH COURIER.

A COURIER’S approach to a town, is always announced by the loud cracking of his whip, and the jingling of bells attached to his horse’s furniture.
The peculiarity of the Courier’s dress, consists in a small hat, tied with a handkerchief under his chin, a jacket ornamented with slips of different coloured cloth, at the elbows and seams behind, and strong guards of leather worn over his knees.
The Spanish saddle is of very clumsy workmanship, much raised above the back of the horse, having a sort of wooden frame for the thighs, and wooden stirrups, bound with iron. Leathern bags, for the purpose of carrying letters, are suspended from the back of. the saddle, resting on the horse’s flanks; and bells are attached to the breech-band. Thus equipped, the Courier proceeds over all the variety of roads, at a brisk canter, generally quickened into a gallop on entering a town.

Gallery: The Peninsula War.
Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the route of the British Army, in 1808 and 1809.