For those who know their military art, Lucien Rousselot is one of the world’s most important military artists, having played an integral role in establishing uniformology as a true science. He was born in France at the turn of the 20th Century, and soon became entranced by the glories of Napoleon and his men.
Indeed, the talented young Rousselot decided to devote much of his life to recreating the martial splendor of France’s greatest age. The Napoleonic period offered innumerable opportunities for his skills, as uniforms varied widely in style and colour, as befitted an age when individual glory still counted for much on Europe’s battlefields.
Rousselot received his artistic training at the renowned School of Decorative Arts in Paris and become renowned the world over for his detailed research and breath-taking artwork. This level of dedication ultimately resulted in the beautiful plates, and comprehensive narrative presented in Napoleon’s Army: 1790-1815, new from Casemate.
Aside from a now-rare work published in France costing many hundreds of dollars, Napoleon’s Army: 1790-1815 is the only complete collection of Rousselot’s life’s work on the period.
To stand a chance of winning this fantastic book, worth £85/$129, let us know the year that Lucien Rousselot was bestowed with the great honour of becoming Painter to the French Army. Email your answers by August 15th, 2010. Good luck!