Bertall pseudonym of Albert D'arnoux
French, 19th century, male.
Born 18 December 1820, in Paris; died 24 March 1883, in Soyons (Ardèche).
Draughtsman, engraver (wood), lithographer, illustrator, photographer.
Albert d'Arnoux elected to paint under this pseudonym at the suggestion of Honoré de Balzac. He emerged as one of the most prolific illustrators of the second half of the 19th century but, although his drawings are amusing, they lack any distinctive personality. He was chosen by the publishing house Barba to illustrate popular editions of the works of Fenimore Cooper, Paul de Kock, Pigault-Lebrun and others, and is reputed to have engraved some 3,600 plates for Barba alone. Bertall also furnished numerous comic illustrations for magazines such as ...