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date: 18 September 2020

Couder, (Louis-Charles-)Augustelocked

(b London, April 1, 1789; d Paris, July 21, 1873).
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(b London, April 1, 1789; d Paris, July 21, 1873).

French painter. A pupil of Jean-Baptiste Regnault and David, he exhibited for the first time in the Salon of 1814 with The Death of General Moreau (Brest, Mus. Mun.). In 1817The Levite of Ephraïm (Arras, Abbaye St Vaast, Mus. B.-A.) was widely praised by the critics. In 1818 he received his first official commission, for the decoration of the vaulted ceiling of the vestibule to the Galerie d’Apollon in the Louvre (in situ). Couder’s reputation as a history painter was based on the commissions he executed for the Musée Historique in Versailles. In addition to many portraits, he produced large paintings, in which rich colouring was combined with precise academic drawing: for example, The Battle of Lawfeld (exh. Salon, 1836) and The Siege of Yorktown (exh. Salon, 1837; sketch in Blérancourt, Château, Mus. N. Coop. Fr.–Amér.), both painted for the Galerie des Batailles (in situ...

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