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Paul-Adolphe Rajon, 1842 or 1843-1888

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1842 or 1843.07
Place of Birth: Dijon
Date of Death: 1888.06.08
Place of Death: Auvers-sur-Oise, Val d’Oise


Paul-Adolphe Rajon was a painter and printmaker.


Rajon worked as a photographer while studying under Isidore-Alexandre-Augustin Pils at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He made his début at the Salon in 1865. In Paris he became friendly with Emile Boilvin, Philippe Burty, Félix Bracquemond and Louis-Charles-Auguste Steinheil. He decided to concentrate on etching, having studied the technique under Léon Gaucherel and Léopold Flameng, and from 1868 he exhibited etchings alone. His reproductive works appeared in journals such as L'Art and Gazette des beaux-arts and were published by the Goupil Galleries. He produced portrait etchings and lithographs of contemporary artists and writers including Turgenev, Tennyson, Théophile Gautier and JW. He was awarded medals at the Salons of 1869, 1870, 1873 and at the Exposition Universelle of 1878.

From 1873 Rajon spent a substantial amount of time in Britain. He exhibited in Britain at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery between 1883 and 1887. In 1888 Arthur B. Turnure wanted to reproduce Rajon's portrait of JW for an article he wanted to publish (#01438).


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