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Emile Frédéric Salmon, 1840-1913

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1840.06.15
Place of Birth: Paris
Date of Death: 1913.06.12
Place of Death: Forges-les-Eaux

Identity:

Emile Frédéric Salmon was a sculptor and print-maker. He was the son of the painter Théodore Frédéric Salmon and the father of the poet and art critic André Salmon.

Life:

Salmon studied under Barye, Hédouin and Gaucherel. He made his début at the Salon in 1859. As a sculptor he produced small bronzes of animals, but abandoned this for etching. He collaborated on an illustrated edition of Victor Hugo's works. In 1886 he printed a set of JW's Venice etchings. These are now in the National Gallery of Scotland.

In 1898 he made a number of engravings of drawings and watercolours in St Petersburg where he was then resident. He notably made an engraving after Rembrandt's Sacrifice of Abraham in the Hermitage.

Bibliography:

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