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Author: Daniel Milford Cottam (Cataloguer Word and Image Department)
Fortune after Hippolyte Lalaisse, Paris, c.1855. Hand-coloured lithograph.E.2869-1938 Whilst writing up the cantinière and vivandière blog posts, another three hand-coloured lithographs from the 1850s came to light. These images are particularly interesting, not only because their artist (Hippolyte Lalaisse) is identified, but because they offer further opportunities to compare the cantinière to...
Author: Daniel Milford Cottam (Cataloguer Word and Image Department)
Hand-coloured lithograph by an unknown artist. French, 1850-1870.E.2877-1938Writing from the point of view of a fashion historian, the clothes of the cantinières and vivandières fascinate me. While popular imagery shows eighteenth and early nineteenth century cantinières dressed in feminised versions of military uniform, Thomas Cardoza has found no evidence for this having been done until the mid...