Picture of Senegalese rifleman, although he could be American

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Black American Soldier

This is one of the three pastel portraits that are in the Eugène Burnand Museum at Moudon and omitted from the Crété book of 100 pastels. There is no commentary because only those in the Crété book have one. The wording at the bottom of the picture says "Sénégalais", a term used at the time to indicate West African origin. It is fairly clear to some that this soldier is wearing a USA army uniform and the inscription is therefore incorrect. Others say he is indeed from the West African colonies. An expert view is required! Pastels 39 and 40 are true Tirailleurs Sénégalais, (Senegalese Riflemen).