Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), Painter, sculptor and etcher
A thick-set figure of medium height, with a massive head, slightly bald, black curling hair and beard, and of a rather sombre and lowering expression, he would have been more useful as a teacher if he could have spoken English [ ] He superseded the stumped and fully shaded drawing by delicate line work with pale grey Italian chalk; and he started us in etching on copper [ ] He had a trenchant wit, and several of his sayings became historical; when for instance, after he had married an English wife and naturalised himself as a British subject, a fellow-countryman protested and asked, after all, what he had gained by the change? Dabord, said he, jai gagné la bataille de Waterloo.
There is a MS biography of Alphonse Legros by Noel Clément-Janin at the Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archéologie, Paris. For the translation into English, see the Harold Wright Archive, Glasgow (typescript, MS Wright, University of Glasgow Special Collections).
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