Masterfully lithograph was created in 1844 by famous French painter, lithographer and illustrator Henri Grevedon (1776 - Paris - 1860) and printed in Paris in the same time by Lemercier.
Grévedon drew many celebrities of his time. In 1806, Grévedon ambitiously turned to Russia. He painted many paintings here, but especially portraits, the study of which soon became his favorite subject. He was made an honorary member of the Academy in Saint Petersburg.
In 1812 Grévedon left Russia and went to Stockholm and from here to London, where he stayed until 1816 and worked primarily as a portrait miniaturist. Only now did he return to France. In his motherland he eagerly turned to the new task and soon became an excellent lithographic draftsman.
His pencil was particularly characterized by its softness and delicacy, which is why he was particularly good at portraits of women. Some of his lithographs were very successful. Of interest from his creative period from 1825 to 1845 are primarily his portraits of famous actresses and dancers such as Marie Taglioni, Fanny Elßler, Maria Malibran, Henriette Sontag, Léontine Fay, Lucile Grahn and Rachel. For this period, his work is very illuminating regarding the changes in women´s fashion at the time.
Grévedon also created portraits of Pedro I and his wife Amalia of Brazil, Enfantins of the Simonists, Rossinis, Spontinis, Louis Philippes, Ludwigs, Grand Duke of Hesse and Queen Maria Amalia of France. He also painted Franziska von Rimini, surprised by her husband, a beautiful lithograph after Coupin
Literature: Art dictionaries by Thieme/Becker, Benezit, Saur, Boetticher and others.
Inscription: signed in stone and dated 1844 lower left; lower right inscribed in French: „Imp. par Lemercier ".
Technique: lithograph on papier. Original period gilt frame.
Measurements: only image 13 3/4" x h 17" (35 x 43,3 cm), , matted and framed w 22" x h 26 3/4" (56 x 68 cm)
Condition: in good condition.