Sunday, 9 May 2010

Uniformenkunde: lose Blätter zur Geschichte der Entwicklung der militärischen Tracht (18 volumes)

1060 plates | PDF | 563 Mb

If you are a military historian with an interest in the history and evolution of the military uniform you should know about the UNIFORMENKUNDE. Richard Knötel was the most famous and prominent of all the German military artists from the late 1800's until his death His hundreds if not thousands of illustrations have documented the uniforms of nearly every country in the world during and before his lifetime. His most mounumental work is the UNIFORMENKUNDE which was available by subscription starting in 1890 until shortly after WWI. Each year he published 50 plates or more until a total of 1072 prints were produced. The plates were in no certain order and covered subjects that suited his fancy at the time. 90 different countries, principalities, dukedoms, and republics are represented from the 1600's until the early 20th Century. Many of the uniforms documented in this work are to be seen no where else. The printing techniques of the time left a lot to be desired. Each print was done as a work of line art then hand colored by journeymen artists who had a master print to work by. Oftentimes details like belts, buttons, and lace were obscured by overpainting.

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