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Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

3 of 13 portraits by Theobald Chartran ('T')

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, by Theobald Chartran ('T'), published in Vanity Fair 1 May 1880 - NPG 4707(18) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

by Theobald Chartran ('T')
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 1 May 1880
12 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (315 mm x 184 mm)
Purchased, 1934
Primary Collection
NPG 4707(18)


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Chartran was a French academic painter who produced sixty-six caricatures for Vanity Fair. The accompanying text gave a measured verdict of Meissonier's work: 'He is rarely faithful to the sobriety of nature. He takes usually a theatrical view of his subject. Yet he is one of the noteworthy painters of this time, for he draws admirably'.

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