Nice hand tinted image of Charette, commander of the Pontifical Zouaves at the Battle of Loigny,
This image of General Baron Athanase Charles Marie de Charette was commander of the Pontifical Zouaves was hand tinted in the period. The carte de visite was taken about the time of the battle of Loigny, a battle that took place on December 2, 1870 during the Franco- Prussian War.
Charette was appointed captain of the first company of the Franco-Belgian Volunteers, known after 1861 as the Pontifical Zouaves. He was a French Royalist, and military officer, serving under Pope Pius IX.
Photographer: Enrico Verzachi, Roma. Inscribed on the back, “Pope’s Guard, Rome.”