Imperial Guard Sapper of the Grenadiers in campaign uniform
The subject has been taken from table 2 of Otto’s manuscript and successive re-elaboration by L. Rousselot.
Several details of its uniform including outfits do not correspond to the prescribed one.
Bearskin cap ribbon and flares, red-silver instead of red-gold.
Epaulettes, red instead of red-gold
Trooper’s sabre-briquet, instead of the traditional Sapper’s saw-sabre with cock’s head.
Axes on the sleeves and tails: red on gold instead of gold on red.
Since the cockade on the bonnet is not showing the symbol of an eagle this uniform shall be considered anterior to 1807.
Otto’s table has been elaborated by Lucien Rousselot as per table 63, with the only modification relative to the colour of the ribbon and the flares of the bonnet. The following painting description refers to the scheme indicated by Rousselot.
Bearskin cap ( bear fur cap ): black fur
Ribbons and flares: threaded gold and red melange
Cockade: blue-red-white (interior towards exterior)
Epaulettes and loops: red
Belt, bandoleers and knapsack shoulder straps: white leather
Military dress: imperial blue with red tail lapels
Dress buttons: brass
Buckles and metal trimmings of the bandoleers: brass
Gloves: light cream white leather wrist protections
Crossed axes on the sleeves and tails: red with golden chevron background.
Axe sheath: white leather with brass buckles
Cartridge-box on the axe sheath and on the belt: black leather with brass decorations
Gaiters: black material with golden buttons
Shoes: black leather
Sabre-briquet sheath and bayonet-holder: black leather with brass trimmings
Knapsack: cow hide with white leather shoulder straps and brass buckles
Coat folded on the knapsack: imperial blue
Musket: wooden colour with barrel and metal parts in steel- brass decorations-white leather sling
Axe : Wooden handle with steel head and brass ferrule
Sabre-briquet: Brass with black hilt
Sabre-knot: white with red tassel
Apron: white leather
Legion of Honour ribbon: red with golden pin
Other painting possibilities:
Ribbons and flares of the bonnet: silver and red threaded melange ( Otto’s manuscript)
Epaulettes: gold and red threaded melange fringes - golden crescent – counter- epaulette red with small gold chevron- loop with red perimeter (prescribed)
Axes on sleeves and tails: gold on red background (prescribed)
Historical research: Marco Micellone
Sculpture: Maurizio Bruno
Painter: Danilo Cartacci
- Guy C. Dempsey, Jr - Napoleon's Soldiers - The Grande Armée as depicted in the paintings of the Otto manuscript (Arms and Armour Press, 1994)
- Lucien Rousselot - L'Armée Française - ses Uniformes, son Équipement, son Armement - Le Hussard du Marais, 1978