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Pierre Roatis "F. R. Carcenac, Chef de Bataillon of the 6th Infantry Regiment", miniature, 1825
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Painted in 1825, it is a very attractive miniature portrait of a "chef de bataillon" (French army rank corresponding to that of a major) of the 6th (see the number "6" on his buttons) "regiment d'infanterie ligne" (line Infantry) of French Royal Army. He bears badges of three awards: Cross of the Royal Order of St. Louis, Officer (sic!) Cross of the Royal Legion of Honor, and Cross of the Spanish Order of Saint Ferdinand (probably received for the Spanish campaign of 1823).
Standard reference source - "Annuaire de l'Etat Militaire de France" for the year 1826 (with list of regiment's officers for preceding 1825) - provides names of two "chefs de batallion" in possession of St. Louis and Officer (sic!) Cross of Legion (foreign awards are not mentioned) - Francois Regis Carcenac and Pierre Aimable Joseph Allard. According to "leonore" (online archiv of Legion of Honor) the former was in 1825 39-year-old and the latter - 43-year-old.
We strongly believe to deal with a portrait of the younger of them - Carcenac (among other we found on Web mention of his awarding Spanish Saint Ferdinand - see image nr.14).
The "leonore" and "Biographies Averonnaises" (1864) provide following information about this man (see our images nr.11-13):
Francois Regis Carcenac was born on 28th April 1786, in Rodez, department Aveyron. He entered military service as a Guards grenadier on 30th December 1804. He fighted in 1805 at Ulm and Austerlitz, in 1806/7 participated in Prussian Campaign Fighted at Jena, Piltusk, Friedland, Eylau) .In 1807 he obtained his first officer rank of a sous-lieutenant with transfer to 18th Line Infantry Regiment. In 1809 he fighted in Austrian Campaign (promoted to lieutenant on 30th April and to captain one month later (!); was on the battlefield of Wagram). In 1810/11 he served in Holland. During the Russian Campaign of 1812 he was prisoned at Krasnoye (18th November 1812), spent almost two years in Russian captivity (in Saratov on Volga) and returned to France on 10th September 1814. He fighted again on the side of Napoleon during latter's "100 Days" in 1815. Thereafter, several months long he was "demi-solde", before on 22th May 1816 he was apponted to "Legion d'Aveyron" (11th Line Infantry Regiment). On 19th May 1819 he was promoted to "chef de bataillon" with transfer to 6th Line Infantry Regiment.
Still in Russia, on 18th October 1812, Carcenac was awarded Chevalier Cross of Legion of Honor (for distinction in the Battle of Borodino). His Officer Cross he obtained on 25th April 1821. In 1830 he participated in Algerian Campaign and in October of that year was raised to lieutenant-colonel. On 25th February 1835 he was promoted to colonel and appointred Commander of 17th Line Infantry Regiment. On 27th April 1838 Carcenac was awarded Commander Cross of Legion.
He lived since 1847 as retired colonel in Toulouse and in 1848 was elected there to city council. He died in Toulouse on 10th April 1857.
According to remainder of authentic legend on verso this miniature was painted on 1st July 1825 in Montauban (then garrison town of 6th Regiment - B.W.) by sitter's brother-officer and amateur artist, 47-year-old (so "leonore") Lieutenant Pierre Roatis (see also our images nr.9 and nr.14).
Provenance: French private collection
Condition: fairly good; stain at 5:00 o'clock
Creation Year: 1825
Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,5x6,5cm/2,6x2,6in FRAMED: 12,9x12,7cm/5,1x5,0in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: dated 1825; verso: illegibly written remainder of an old legend
Creator: Lieutenant Pierre Roatis
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Creator Dates: 1778 Euziny Piemont-1848
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