Saturday, December 28, 2013

Camp Enclosures: 1529 and 1544

This detail from Altdorfer's The Battle of Alexander at Issus seems to show camp enclosures created by rows of simple red tents with roofs and one wall. Click on the image for a larger view.

This 18th c. copy of a 16th c. painting of the Marquison camp from Henry VIII's Boulogne campaign of 1544 seems to show something similar: a cloister-like enclosure of fabric that both encloses a space and provides some additional shelter at the periphery.

1 comment: said...

From the picture, I can't distinguish the presence or absence of an interior wall. The roofs look symmetrical, unlike a Baker tent.