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Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), Painter, sculptor and etcher

Sitter in 30 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Painter, sculptor and etcher; born in Dijon and spent early career in Paris. Legros was encouraged by Whistler to come to London in 1863. He was Professor of Fine Art at the Slade from 1875-92, where his insistence on the quality of line laid the foundation for the Slade tradition of fine draughtsmanship. He set out to broaden the syllabus, introducing etching and, in 1884, classes in medal making. Legros's revival of the cast medal, very much in the style of the Renaissance, is characteristic of his interest in working in old techniques and media. His pupils included William Strang and Charles Holroyd.

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George Frederic Watts

by Alphonse Legros
bronze medal, 1895-1900
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1980


Dugald Sutherland MacColl

by Alphonse Legros
silverpoint, 1897
NPG 4857


Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

by Alphonse Legros
etching, published 1877
NPG D5553


George Frederic Watts

by Alphonse Legros
drypoint, circa 1879
NPG D32232


Thomas Henry Huxley

by Alphonse Legros
lithograph, circa 1883
NPG D36428


Sir Charles Holroyd

by Alphonse Legros
etching, circa 1889
NPG D18549


Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Alphonse Legros
photogravure, circa 1900
NPG D20765


Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Alphonse Legros
photogravure, circa 1900
NPG D9716


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