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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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1980

George Frederic Watts

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

4857

Dugald Sutherland MacColl

by Alphonse Legros
silverpoint, 1897
NPG 4857

D5553

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

by Alphonse Legros
etching, published 1877
NPG D5553

D32232

George Frederic Watts

by Alphonse Legros
drypoint, circa 1879
NPG D32232

D36428

Thomas Henry Huxley

by Alphonse Legros
lithograph, circa 1883
NPG D36428

D18549

Sir Charles Holroyd

by Alphonse Legros
etching, circa 1889
NPG D18549

D20765

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

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

D9716

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

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