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Camp Followers Collection

"Camp Followers: A Glimpse into the Lives of Unsung Heroes" In the vast tapestry of military history, amidst battles and conquests

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: View of the encampment of German and Roman armies (handcoloured copperplate engraving)

View of the encampment of German and Roman armies (handcoloured copperplate engraving)
5986560 View of the encampment of German and Roman armies (handcoloured copperplate engraving) by Verico, Antonio (1775-after 1822); (add.info.: View of the battle formation)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Soldiers Marching, April 1, 1798. Creator: Heinrich Schutz

Soldiers Marching, April 1, 1798. Creator: Heinrich Schutz
Soldiers Marching, April 1, 1798

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Soldiers Cooking, April 1, 1798. Creator: Heinrich Schutz

Soldiers Cooking, April 1, 1798. Creator: Heinrich Schutz
Soldiers Cooking, April 1, 1798

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Reminiscences of the Nepaul Terai (engraving)

Reminiscences of the Nepaul Terai (engraving)
1059270 Reminiscences of the Nepaul Terai (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Reminiscences of the Nepaul Terai)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: The War in the East (engraving)

The War in the East (engraving)
1053783 The War in the East (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The War in the East)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Sketches of the War (engraving)

Sketches of the War (engraving)
1589727 Sketches of the War (engraving) by Robinson, Charles (1840-81); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches of the War. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 17 November 1877)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: The Afghan War, preparing for the Spring Campaign (engraving)

The Afghan War, preparing for the Spring Campaign (engraving)
1058845 The Afghan War, preparing for the Spring Campaign (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Afghan War, preparing for the Spring Campaign)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: The Advance of Civilisation in British Central Africa, Scenes between Lakes Nyassa and Tanganyika

The Advance of Civilisation in British Central Africa, Scenes between Lakes Nyassa and Tanganyika (litho)
1606881 The Advance of Civilisation in British Central Africa, Scenes between Lakes Nyassa and Tanganyika (litho) by Wright

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: The Autumn Manoeuvres at Dartmoor (engraving)

The Autumn Manoeuvres at Dartmoor (engraving)
1048934 The Autumn Manoeuvres at Dartmoor (engraving) by Corbould, Alfred Chantrey (1852-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Autumn Manoeuvres at Dartmoor)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: A Roman Army on the March - Troop Convoy, 1540-45. Creator: Antonio Fantuzzi

A Roman Army on the March - Troop Convoy, 1540-45. Creator: Antonio Fantuzzi
A Roman Army on the March - Troop Convoy, 1540-45

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Soldiers on a March, April 1, 1808. April 1, 1808. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Soldiers on a March, April 1, 1808. April 1, 1808. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Soldiers on a March, April 1, 1808

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Troops at Rest, ca. 1725. Creator: Jean-Baptiste Pater

Troops at Rest, ca. 1725. Creator: Jean-Baptiste Pater
Troops at Rest, ca. 1725

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Troops on the March, ca. 1725. Creator: Jean-Baptiste Pater

Troops on the March, ca. 1725. Creator: Jean-Baptiste Pater
Troops on the March, ca. 1725

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: Military Encampment (oil on copper)

Military Encampment (oil on copper)
XIR341904 Military Encampment (oil on copper) by Hoecke, Robert van den (1622-68); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dunkirk, France; (add.info)

Background imageCamp Followers Collection: War Scene (oil on panel)

War Scene (oil on panel)
XIR242453 War Scene (oil on panel) by Vrancx, Sebastian (1573-1647); Musee Municipal, Soissons, France; Flemish, out of copyright


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"Camp Followers: A Glimpse into the Lives of Unsung Heroes" In the vast tapestry of military history, amidst battles and conquests, there exists a group often overlooked but undeniably crucial - the camp followers. These unsung heroes were an integral part of armies throughout time, providing essential support to soldiers on their arduous marches and encampments. From Japanese Coolies trudging alongside their comrades in colorful lithographs to German and Roman armies setting up camp in handcolored copperplate engravings, these visual snapshots offer us glimpses into the lives of those who followed behind the frontlines. They depict scenes both mundane and extraordinary – soldiers marching with determination as captured by Heinrich Schutz or finding solace in cooking meals together during moments of respite. Engravings like "Reminiscences of the Nepaul Terai" or "The War in the East" transport us to distant lands where camp followers played vital roles. Their presence is felt through intricate sketches showcasing their resilience amidst conflict – be it during campaigns preparing for war as seen in "The Afghan War, preparing for Spring Campaign, " or advancing civilization between lakes Nyassa and Tanganyika as depicted in "The Advance of Civilization in British Central Africa. " Even closer to home, we witness scenes from Dartmoor's Autumn Manoeuvres or a Roman Army convoy from centuries past through Antonio Fantuzzi's work. These images remind us that camp followers existed across cultures and eras; they were not bound by time but united by purpose. Thomas Rowlandson's portrayal offers a glimpse into life on a march during April 1st, 1808. It captures both camaraderie among soldiers and hardships faced along treacherous paths. Through his artistry, he immortalizes these individuals who tirelessly supported their fellow warriors. Though often forgotten within historical narratives dominated by generals and battle strategies, they were the backbone of armies.