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Théobald Chartran ('T') (1849-1907)

Artist associated with 80 portraits
French-born Theobald Chartran began his study of art in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel and later attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He gained a reputation as a painter of historical tableaux and won a number of commissions to paint French government buildings. After 1880, Chartran concentrated on portrait painting and became one of the favourite portraitists of elegant society. In the 1870s and 1880s he was one of an international group of artists who worked for Vanity Fair, producing caricatures of many of the leading characters of the day. He signed these works 'T'. He travelled to the United States in 1893 and made annual portrait-painting visits thereafter, until the end of his life.