Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)

Youth Years Daumier was born in Marseilles and the 13 year old boy began working as an assistant bailiff in Paris, where his family had moved in 1821. His father was a framer who also tried to make name by writing classical tragedies, an activity because of which his wife, son and two daughters nearly... Continue Reading →


Paul Gavarni (1804-1866)

- SULPICE CHEVALLIER/PAUL GAVARNI - He was born in Paris as Sulpice - Guillaume Chevallier. He was educated as engineer, but he also followed lithographic lessons with Jean Adams. In 1828 he returns from the Pyrenees and roams through Paris without work to get new and inspiring impressions. In 1829 he gets commands from the... Continue Reading →

Rodolphe Töpffer (1799 – 1846)

He was born and died in Geneva. Studied literature and became a teacher and docent at the University. In his free time he wrote short illustrated stories. Such as:   Histoire de Monsieur Jabot Monsier Crepin Histoire de Monsieur Vieux Bois Monsieur Pencil    Histoire de Monsieur Cryptogramme 1845- 1858  (Reizen en Avonturen van Mijnh... Continue Reading →

Philibert Debucourt (1765-1832)

The engraver Debucourt earned much success with prints like "The Two Kisses" in which the cunning face of a woman, the peaceful face of her father as an old man and the amiable head of a youthful lover were contrasted. His "Promenade du Palais-Royal" - 1787 comes from the tradition of Lavater. In this engraving,... Continue Reading →

Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845)

Boilly was born in La Bassée in Northern France and died in 1845 during the Restauration and July Monarchy. He started painting at the age of 13 and was practically autodidact influenced by Dutch 17th century genre painters Gabriel Metsu (1629 -1661) and Gerard Terborch (1617-1672) of which he owned a private collection.  After moving... Continue Reading →

James Gillray (1756- 1815)

MORAVIAN ACADEMY Gillray was five years old when he was sent to the Moravian Academy in Bedford. Both boys and girls girls were taught in an exceptionally broad band of issues (where the influence of Comenius was palpable). Here the foundations were laid for Gillray's cultural formation. He was later a well informed and literate man... Continue Reading →

Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801)

Daniel Chodowiecki, born in Danzig and died in Berlin, is one of the little masters, but interested in representing emotions. In the art of printing at that time this was something new. Long time it was not common knowledge that a large proportion of the illustrations in the books of Lavater were made by Chodowiecki, who... Continue Reading →

Jean Huber (1721-1786)

Huber was a Swiss painter and silhouettist, born in Geneva and he died in Lausanne. He started without having any training. He specialized in painting birds, but he had also talents as caricaturist. VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) In 1756 Huber visited Voltaire in Ferney, and he spent twenty years painting and drawing the the daily live of... Continue Reading →

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