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Crespin, Adolphe Louis Charleslocked

Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 17 May 1859, in Brussels; died 1944, in St-Jan-ten-Noss (Brussels).

Painter, fresco artist, watercolourist, engraver. Figures, portraits, landscapes, urban landscapes, architectural views, still-lifes. Designs (wallpapers), posters, stage costumes and sets.

Adolphe Louis Charles CRESPIN: signature or monogram

While staying in Paris, Adolphe Crespin was a pupil of Blanc-Garin and L. Bonnat. He was a professor at the Académie Royal des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, at the Bischooffsheim school and the school of drawing at St-Joost-ten-Noode. A friend of the architect Paul Hankar, Crespin had the opportunity to execute a number of frescoes for houses in Brussels, and also produced wallpapers, posters and theatrical sets and costumes.

Auction Records

New York, 24 Nov 1981: Paul Hankar. Architect, rue de Facqz 63 (lithograph, 20½ × 15 ins/52.1 × 38.1 cm) USD 900

Lokeren, 28 May 1988: On the Beach (1907, watercolour, 9 × 10 ins/23 × 24.5 cm) BEF 30,000

Paris, 22 Nov 1990: View of Paris: Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (watercolour, 15 × 20½ ins/38 × 52 cm) FRF 15,000


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