French engraving of a Highland soldier

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Postcard of French engraving of a Highland soldier.
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French engraving of a Highland soldier

Hand-coloured engraving of a Highland soldier entitled 'Le Gallant Ecossais à Paris' published by Genty of Paris, after 1815.

A Scots soldier takes the hand of a young woman. The dress of the soldier in the engraving is fanciful, with the tartan, hose tops and bonnet depicted inaccurately; while feathered bonnets did have dice round them, these were red and white at that time.

The productivity of French print-sellers underwent rapid expansion during the encampment of the Highland Regiments in the Bois de Boulogne while Paris was occupied after the Battle of Waterloo, the short kilts of the soldiers capturing their imagination.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-312-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1994.42
Date: After 1815
Post 1815
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 245 mm x 185 mm
What: Engraving / portrait
Subject: Prints / History - Military
Who: Genty, Paris (publisher)
Scottish (British land forces)
Where: France, Paris
Description: Hand-coloured engraving of a Highland soldier entitled 'Le Galant Ecossais à Paris', published by Genty of Paris', after 1815.
  • McCorry, Helen (ed.) The thistle at war: an anthology of the Scottish experience of war, in the services and at home. Edinburgh, NMS, 1997 
  • Wood, Stephen The Auld Alliance: Scotland and France, the military connection. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing in conjunction with the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 1989 
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