Jean-Louis Ernest
M e i s s o n i e r


The Artist
(P. A. Rajon, Sc.)
12 x 17.4 cm
M 0100


The Game at Cards
(P. A. Rajon, Sc.)
13.5 x 17.3 cm
M 0200

Waiting an Audience
(C. Carey, Sc.)
14.5 x 20.8 cm
M 0300


(C. H. Toussaint, Sc.)
12 x 16.8 cm
M 0400




Last Prayer
(W. Steelink, Sc.)
16.5 x 20.8 cm
M 0500


(E. Gevais, Sc.)
14.5 x 20.3cm
M 0600


La Rixe
17 x 22.5 cm
M 0700


Cuirassiers (1805)
16.5 x 25.5cm
M 0800


(P. A. Rajon, Sc.)
11 x 16.3cm
M 0900


The Smoker
(P. A. Rajon, Sc.)
10 x 13.8cm
M 1000


10 x 13.8 cm
M 1100


Brothers Van de Velde
(Desclaux, Sc.)
19.4 x 25.7cm
M 1200




J-L. E. Meissonier
1815 - 1891

The Artist

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815 1891) was a leading French Classicist
painter and sculptor, known also for his etchings and occasional but rare lithographs.  Born in Lyon in 1815, his work attracted the attention of the French collectors early on, and he was already shown at the Paris Salon in 1836, at age 21, with 
Chess Player and the Errand Boy. At the Salon of 1857, he exhibited nine canvasses.  His paintings and drawings were consistently shown at the Paris Salon exhibits throughout his life.  He was fascinated, perhaps obsessed, with matters military and not only were many of his paintings military scenes, but he personally served most of his life in the military.  Meissonier died in Paris in 1891 celebrated as the 19th century European artist who commanded the highest prices for his paintings during his lifetime. (His Cuirassiers was sold upon completion for 10,000 and in 1890, his painting 1814 was sold for $100,000).

This Collection

This grouping of images constitutes a portfolio of prints published in 1893
by J. S. Virtue & Co., London, entitled,
MEISSONIER: A Collection of Etchings and Engravings
of  Twelve of the Choicest of His Paintings, with Descriptions.

The original paintings by Meissonier were painted between 1835 and 1862,
and the etchings, engravings and photogravures were created for publication between
1862 and 1893. The portfolio is bound, with loose pages, and was "From the Library of George N. Black of Springfield, Illinois, a gift to the libraries of Illinois of the son and daughter of George N. Black," (a printed ex libris found on the inside cover), and is signed in pencil "George N. Black, Jany (sic) 25, 94."
Each image is accompanied by a full page "description" which places the painting into Meissonier's life.  The author is not noted. All prints (paper size) are 27 x 38 cm  (10 5/8 x 15 inches); image sizes are noted with each print shown above.  The prints are in excellent repair. The paper, however, is slightly yellowed with age and the edges are slightly darker; ample borders have kept the images intact.  The etchings are in a medium brown ink, the engravings in slightly darker ink, and the photogravures in the darkest ink.  Titles and attributions are in ink matching the image. The portrait (above) of Meissonier is not a part of the portfolio.

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