This is from an 1886 issue of La Caricature. I think it translates as "Force of habit."
It didn't say who the subject was. Perhaps a retiring general from 1886 current events that "everyone" knew. (Caran D'Ache was the artist.)
I like the 1830s-1840s uniforms and the sentiment.
If you like old illustrations, try this link for La Caricature. Issues go from 1881 to 1904.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This was a French military humor magazine from the early 1900s. It had color illustrations of French officers ans soldiers in racy situations with actresses, dancers, mistresses, a girlfriends. Several years of issues of Le Vie En Culotte Rouge can be found at his site.....
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
" Lolilla, regimental canteen of Alfonso XII, who campaigns in Morocco, has been nicknamed by the soldiers "Joy of the Regiment"
The woman most popular of Spain, at present, is certainly "Lolilla, the regimental sutler of Alfonso XII, which is the country of Morocco.
Lolilla, (who) is a very pure type of Spanish beauty, is nicknamed "la alegria del regimento" (the joy of the Regiment).
Fearless, tireless, she is seen sometimes at the bedside of the wounded, sometimes under the tent where she writes under the dictation of soldiers, letters to (sweet hearts) in Andalusian waiting, anxious, the end of the campaign ..
Le Petit Journal Illustrated October 17, 1909
Google translation from French.