(b Paris, May 23, 1810; d Paris, March 1860).
French painter and draughtsman. His father was the architect Pierre-Anne Dedreux (1788–1849); Alfred’s sister, Louise-Marie Becq de Fouquières (1825–92), was also an artist. His uncle, Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy (1789–1874), a painter and intimate friend of Gericault, took Dedreux frequently to the atelier of Gericault whose choice of subjects, especially horses, had a lasting influence on him. During the 1820s he studied with Léon Cogniet, although his early style was more influenced by the work of Stubbs, Morland, Constable and Landseer, exposure to which probably came through Gericault and the painter Eugène Lami who lived in London in the mid-1820s.
Dedreux’s stylistic development can be traced from 1830 with the White Stallion (exh. Salon 1831; sold London, Sotheby’s, 31 March 1965, lot 87), which recalls both the work of Gericault and Stubbs’s Horse Attacked by a Lion (1770; New Haven, CT, Yale U. A.G.). This style remained unchanged in the ...