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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 30 April 1764, in Milan; died 11 February 1849, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman (including ink), watercolourist, engraver (line-engraving). Allegorical subjects, historical subjects, battles, genre scenes, scenes with figures. Decorative schemes, church decoration, decorative designs.

After studying in Milan and Rome, Ademollo was invited to Florence to decorate the Teatro della Pergola (which has since been destroyed). He settled in Florence until his death and was widely regarded as one of the neo-classical masters of the Tuscan School. At the start of his career, he painted principally arabesques, but went on to develop his technique to the point where Ferdinand III commissioned him to decorate the Pitti Palace and to paint historical and allegorical subjects for its individual rooms. One of his best-known works is ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1777, in Cremona; died 1857.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes with figures, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, theatre decoration.

Agostino Aglio trained in Milan at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. In 1803 he went to England to collaborate with William Wilkins, the architect, on a work concerning the antiquities of ancient Greece, which was published in ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1819, in Sutri, near Rome; died 1888, in Rome.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects.

Eugenio Agneni was a pupil of Franc Coghetti, under whose direction he found work in 1832. In 1847 Pope Pius IX entrusted him with the production of the paintings for the Throne Room of the Quirinal. In ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 24 March 1859, in Angers; died 1941, in Angers.

Painter, decorative artist, lithographer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, genre scenes. Designs for stained glass.

He was a pupil of Ernest Hebert and Luc-Olivier Merson at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Between ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1831, in Tours; died 1911, in Tours.

Potter, enameller. Religious furnishings.

School of Tours.

The son of Charles-Jean Avisseau, and uncle to Édouard-Léon, Joseph-Édouard Avisseau was a pupil of his father, and also studied drawing and painting in Lobin's studio. He worked in close collaboration with his father, and shared his taste for the historicist Renaissance movement, veering progressively towards the Baroque. With his father and his sister Caroline, he executed ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 8 May 1859, in St-Symphorien-de-Lay (Loire); died 8 February 1948, in Lyons.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Religious subjects, landscapes, landscapes with figures, urban views. Wall decorations, church decoration.

Antoine Barbier painted many decorative works including a Flight into Egypt for the church of Matarieh in Cairo and various works for the Assembly (Sobranie) in Sofia and the École Malesherbes in Paris. He ran courses from time to time in watercolour painting from nature in France, Switzerland and England....

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active also active in Russia.

Died 1810, in Bologna.

Painter, decorative artist. Church decoration, theatre decoration, wall decorations.

Bolognese School.

Studied under his brother Giuseppe Gioachino and accompanied him on a voyage to Russia before returning to work in Bologna. His decorative work is to be found in the Bologna church of S Maria della Vita, in the church of SS Cosimo e Damiano, at the church of S Catarina, in the theatre in Ferrara, and in the Palazzo Bovi Silvestri. He also decorated the church of S Vitale in Ravenna....

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 7 November 1828, in La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée); died 17 January 1886, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, decorative designer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes. Murals.

Baudry’s grandfather had been active during the 1793 Chouan uprising in western France and was forced to seek refuge in the woods, where he worked as a clog-maker. As a result, Paul Baudry was raised as a ‘child of Nature’—and by parents who felt most strongly that children should be seen and not heard. His parents wanted him to study the violin, and for a period in his early life it proved to be his sole distraction. But Paul aspired to become a painter and confided as much to his stern mentor, Drölling. After he had overcome parental objections, he finally arrived in Paris at the age of 16 years. Just three years later, he was awarded the Second Grand Prix de Rome, a distinction that exempted him from military service....

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German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 7 July 1835, in Aachen; died 7 May 1906.

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes. Wall decorations.

Baur attended the University of Bonn and at the age of 19 went to Düsseldorf, where he studied under Carl F. Sohn and Joseph Kehren. He then visited Paris, Holland and Italy, and in ...

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Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 27 November 1851, in Geneva; died 25 October 1922.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, decorative designer. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes. Murals.

De Beaumont attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied under Jean-Léon Gérome before returning to Geneva, where he divided his time between decorative painting and pictures. In ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1842, in Florence.

Painter, decorative designer. Religious subjects, genre scenes. Frescoes, theatre decoration.

Ernesto Bellandi studied at the academy of fine arts in Florence, and exhibited on several occasions, notably in Bologna in 1888. His Ave Maris Stella was entered in the Alinari competition in Florence and subsequently awarded a gold medal at an exhibition in Turin. From around ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1 August 1868, in Paris.

Painter, pastellist. Figure compositions, allegorical subjects, religious subjects, figures, genre scenes. Wall decorations.

Jules Gustave Besson studied under Alexandre Cabanel, Élie Delaunay and Gustave Moreau at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts where he won a number of awards. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français de Paris of which he was a member ...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 4 April 1821, in Lyons.

Painter (including gouache), art restorer, draughtsman. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, genre scenes, landscapes. Wall decorations, church decoration.

A pupil at the École des Beaux-Arts, Lyons (1836-1841), Jean Baptiste Beuchot exhibited landscapes in Lyons in ...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 10 January 1823, in Bar-sur-Aube; died 1893, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, portraits. Wall decorations, church decoration, decorative designs.

Victor François Éloi Biennourry entered Drolling's studio at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1839 and three years later won the Grand Prix de Rome. In the same year, ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1762, in Palmanova (Veneto); died 1844, in Milan.

Painter (gouache), draughtsman, decorative designer. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Giuseppe Bison started his career in Brescia and travelled to Venice at the age of 14 to study at the academy there under Antonio Maria Zanetti and Constantino Cedini. He also studied decorative painting under Antonio Mauri and was advised by Romani and Sedini. He left Venice for Trieste in ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 30 November 1825, in La Rochelle; died 19 August 1905, in La Rochelle.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes. Wall decorations.

William Bouguereau was the son of a middle-class family of English origin. From 1832 to 1837 he lived with his uncle Eugène in the small town of Mortagne. His uncle recognised the boy's artistic talent and at the age of 13 allowed him to pursue his interest in painting and to attend art classes at school in Pons under the direction of Louis Sage, a former pupil of Ingres. Despite his son's obvious gift, William's father made him join the family business in Bordeaux but at the same time he enrolled at the municipal drawing and painting school and soon decided to become a painter. He was awarded first prize for figure painting in 1844 for his painting of ...

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British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 13 May 1867, in Bruges, Belgium, to English parents; died 11 June 1956, in Ditchling.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, engraver, lithographer, illustrator. Religious subjects, figure compositions, figures, local scenes (carnival), rustic scenes, urban landscapes, architectural views, urban views, harbour scenes, seascapes...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 18 August 1810, in Paris; died 29 March 1890.

Painter. Historical subjects, religious subjects, flowers. Murals, church decoration, decorative panels.

A pupil of Picot and Couder at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he won the Prix de Rome in ...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 11 February 1763, in Toulon; died 28 February 1831, in Toulon.

Sculptor, draughtsman, art restorer. Religious subjects, seascapes. Decorative schemes.

Brun first studied sculpture at the workshop of the Port of Toulon, before moving to Rome in 1782, where he spent six months perfecting his art with the Roman masters of the day. With no means to support himself, he eventually returned to France. Two years later, influential patrons secured him a grant from the King, enabling him to study in Italy for a further four years. Upon his return to Toulon in ...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 28 September 1823, in Montpellier; died 23 January 1889, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman (including red chalk), watercolourist. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, portraits, figures, landscapes. Wall decorations.

Enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 1 October 1840 and studied under Picot. Cabanel was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1845 for his ...