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(b Bordeaux, 16 Mar. 1822; d Thomery, nr. Fontainebleau, 25 May 1899). French animal painter. She was trained by her father, Raymond Bonheur (1796–1849), and was precociously gifted, first exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1841, when she was 19. In 1853 she scored an enormous hit there with The Horse Fair (1853, Met. Mus., New York; reduced replica in NG, London), and it repeated its success when it went on tour in Britain and the USA.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)