(b Paris, 17 July 1797; d Paris, 4 Nov. 1856). French painter, one of the leading pupils of Gros. He achieved European fame with his melodramatic, Hollywoodesque history scenes, engravings of which hung in thousands of homes. Often he chose subjects from English history, as with three of his most famous works, Cromwell Gazing at the Body of Charles I (1831, Mus. B.-A., Nîmes), The Princes in the Tower (1831, Louvre, Paris; reduced replica in Wallace Coll.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)