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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


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.


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.


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.