Hippolyte Delaroche 1797-1856 | French academic and history painter
French academic painter, sculptor and history painter, commonly known as Paul Delaroche, one of the leading pupils of Gros. He achieved great popularity with his melodramatic history scenes, engravings of his work hanging in thousands of homes. Often he chose subjects from English history, as with two of his most famous works, The Little Princes in the Tower Louvre, Paris, 1831 and The Execution of Lady Jane Grey National Gallery, London, 1833. They are Romantic in flavour, but academically impeccable in their draughtsmanship and detailing. After a period when such pictures were totally out of favour, his work is once again being treated seriously.
Delaroche's paintings, with their straightforward technique and dramatic compositions, became very popular. He applied essentially the same treatment to the characters of distant historical times, the founders of Christianity, and various figures of his own day such as "Napoleon at Fontainebleau", "Napoleon at St Helena", or "Marie Antoinette leaving the Convention after her sentence".
Delaroche was the teacher of: Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), Marie-Alexandre Alophe (1812-1883), Alexandre Antigna (1817-1878), Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger (1824-1888), Eugène-Ferdinand Buttura (1812-1852), John Carlin (1813-1891), Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888), Thomas Couture (1815-1879), Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878) in 1840, Charles Jacques Denizard (1816-after 1869), Léon Dussart (1824-), Edouard Frère (1819-1886), Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Régis François Gignoux (1816-1882), Antoine Auguste Ernest Hebert (1817-1908), Jozef Israëls (1824-1911), Charles Zacharie Landelle (1812-1908), Francisco Laso (1823-1869), Auguste Laugier (1816-after 1880), Gustave Le Gray (1820-1882), Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1912) and Adolphe Yvon (1817-1893).