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The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

These illustrations were published in the 1820s in a book called "Abbildung der Uniformen aller in Hamburg seit den Jahren 1806 bis 1815 einquartirt gewesener Truppen". They were drawn and painted by Christoph and Cornelius Suhr. Only four copies are known to be in existsence. These are from the copy owned by the Commerzbibliothek Hamburg.

"The VIII Corps of the Grand Army, which had been placed under his command, bore an international character that adequately paraded the far-reaching powers of the Emperor of the French: Dutch, Grench, Germans, and even Spaniards and Portuguese, had been attracted to his service."

"In a procession of carts and mules, loaded with their household appliances, dark-haired wives and semi-naked children, the sons of Tajo and Manzanares made their boisterous entry into the Hanseatic City on the Alster. What a grotesque scene! -- these small, vivacious Southerners, with swarthy complexions and coal-black hair, noisy, restless and emotional, resembling a giant horde of wandering gipsies, suddenly broke into the subdued, correct and cultured atmosphere created by the serious, tall, fair-haired North Germans. The memory of these strange guests, who in the northern fogs often wished themselves back under the hot southern sun, and amidst the picturesque disorder of their native land, has been preserved in numerous etchings by Peter Suhr. These strangers from the South, in the streets of Hamburg, or busily at work erecting fortifications, were an unceasing source of amusement to old and young alike, and had to tolerate a good deal of good-natured chaff from the tall Burgergardisten, who appeared like giants beside Gulliver's dwarfs."

"A detachment of infatnry and thirty dragoons from the Princesa, Zamora and El Rey regiments furnished the guard outside the quarters of the Prince of Pontecorvo, who in his native Basque dialect had no difficulty in making himself understood among the Spaniards."

From Friedrich Wencker-Wildberg's Bernadotte: a Biography. London: Jarrolds, 1936. P. 191-192

These drawings originally appeared on line in German by our partner, Napoleon Online and are used with permission of theCommerzbibliothek Hamburg. Please note that Markus Stein holds the copyright on all of these images.

 

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The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Muleteers
Officer Princessa Infantry Regiment
Officer Estremadura Horse Artillery
Officer Genies and Sappers
Officer Estremadura Artillery Regiment
Soldier and Officer Algarve Cavalry Regiment
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Trooper Algarve Cavalry Regiment and His Wife on the March Troopers Algarve Cavalry Regiment Preparing to Depart Adjutant & Officer Algarve Cavalry Regiment Trumpeter of the Carabiniers Villa Viciosa Cavalry Regiment
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Trumpetter and Chasseur Villa Viciosa Cavalry Regiment
Trumpeter Villa Viciosa Cavalry Regiment
Soldier Villa Viciosa Cavalry Regiment
Officers Villa ViciosaCavalry Regiment
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Soldiers Villa Viciosa Cavalry Regiment
Standard Bearer and Soldier Infante Cavalry Regiment
Soldiers and Trumpeter Infante Cavalry Regiment
Officer Rey Cavalry Regiment & Engineer
Officer?
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Grenadiers Infantry Guadalaxara
Grenadier Princessa Regiment
Grenadier and Sappeur Zamora Regiment
Sappeur Guadalaxara Regiment
Soldier Princessa Infantry Regiment
Soldiers Guadalaxara Infantry Regiment
Drummajor Princessa Infantry Regiment
Drummajor and Musicians Zamora Infantry Regiment
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Grenadier and Sappeur Zamora Infantry Regiment
Grenadiers Zamora Infantry Regiment with Rain Apparell
Two Sappers Princessa Infantry Regiment
Sapper Asturia Infantry Regiment
Musketeer Asturia Infantry Regiment (Fig. 1)
Musketeer Princessa Infantry Regiment
(Fig. 2,4,5)
Musketeer Guadalaxara Infantry Regiment
(Fig. 3)
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Drummajor Catalonia Infantry Regiment
Musician Princessa Infantry Regiment
Sultress and Musician Catalonia Infantry Regiment
Soldiers and Musician Catalonia Light Infantry Regiment
Soldiers Catalonia Light Infantry Regiment
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
Barbier, Officer's Servant, and Soldier Barcelona Infantry Regiment
(Fig. 1, 2, 3)
Soldiers Catalonia Infantry Regiment
(Fig. 4, 5)
Musicians and SoldierCatalonia Light Infantry Regiment in Their New Uniform
Officers Barcelona Light Infantry Regiment
Soldier Barcelona Light Infantry Regiment with His Family on the March
       
The Spanish Romana Division in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers
   

Soldier Leaving His Comrades

   


Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2007

 

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