Poilu

shallay

Aldinga Beach, Australia

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This guy was originally painted in 1905, presumably by a French artist, although I can’t make out his name past the first 3 letters ‘Rob..’
(Poilu is a french soldier, literally ‘hairy one’).

So yes, this is a copy.. but I hope a good one. The original was sourced on the web as a tiny portrait, and this was my A4 watercolour version. All this, to honour a friend’s request – must admit, I’m not much into militaria myself but seem to be surrounded by people who are! I did enjoy trying to get the right expression in his eye, because as an illustrator, you really identify with the emotion of whatever character you’re trying to draw..or paint.

There actually IS a female artist who painted war scenes in the Victorian era. Her name was Lady Butler – especially requested by Queen Victoria to paint ’Rorke’s Drift’ – the famous zulu battle scene of 1879 (immortalised by Michael Caine) but more famously depicted by French artist Alphonse de Neuville – as any militaria buff will tell you – but I’m only telling you what someone else told me!

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