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Emile-Aubert Lessore, 1805-1876

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1805
Place of Birth: Paris
Date of Death: 1876
Place of Death: Marlotte, Seine-et-Marne


Emile-Aubert Lessore was a sculptor, illustrator and etcher. Lessore was the father of Henri-Emile and Jules. Both sons were also artists, the former a painter and engraver and the latter a landscape and marine painter.


Lessore specialised in portraits, genre pictures, watercolours and Orientalist subjects. A pupil of Louis Hersent and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Lessore exhibited at the Salon between 1831 and 1869. He produced designs for the porcelain manufacturer Sèvres.

In a letter to fellow artist Matthew Elden, Whistler denounced Lessore's lithographs of Venice (after works by William Wyld) as representing the antithesis of his own aims (#12816).


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, 1956-61; MacDonald, Margaret F.,Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice , Aldershot, 2001.