Art: Fake Army

During the Napoleonic Wars the British captured a French senior officer named Charles Sandré, sent him to Dartmoor Prison. While his comrades marched and countermarched across Europe, he could see them all in his mind's eye, every rank, every regiment, from drummer boy to Bonaparte. To refresh his memory there were 47,000 other French prisoners in Britain. He began to make a complete set of 16-in. toy models of what he saw.

The cloth for their uniforms he cut from the backs of fellow-prisoners. From his guards he bought tin for the tiny...

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