Baby, baby, naughty baby,
Hush, you squalling thing, I say.
Peace this moment, peace, or maybe
Bonaparte will pass this way.
Baby, baby, he’s a giant,
Tall and black as Rouen steeple,
And he breakfasts, dines, rely on’t,
Every day on naughty people.
Old British nursery rhyme
I’ve made a start on what are the final figures to be painted in my Nappy Cavalry Project. Not a regiment as such, but rather a special person and his entourage intended for the end of year parade and review. Yes, as the poem suggests, my dignitary is Napoleon Bonaparte himself, the very man who dominated Europe and gave his name to an entire series of wars at the beginning of the 19th century.
Using Italeri’s French General Staff set, I’ve chosen to also paint a handful of the Chasseurs a Cheval of the Imperial Guard, a regiment which acted as his personal guard right up to the battle of Waterloo. Indeed, such was the bond between the man and the regiment that Napoleon often wore the uniform of an officer of the Chasseurs a Cheval. Incidentally, I’ve painted Chasseurs a Cheval of the line early on in this project in April / May.
Further updates on progress to come!