Pupil of C.M. Dubufe and Paul Delaroche. Medals, 1839 and 1844; Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, 1853; Grand Officer of the Legion, 1869. This large painting is 20 feet wide and 45 feet long, and represents with marvelous power the enjoyment of life by the young man who spent his all in riotous living, his future degradation among the swine, and his final return to his loving father. The painting is fully described in the books sold in the room, at ten cents a copy. The Art Committee have perfected arrangements for the exhibition of the large and expensive painting of "The Prodigal Son," in connection with the Exposition. On account of the great expense attending the picture, and the want of a room sufficiently large to hold the crowds which would throng to see it, if the gallery was thrown entirely open, the committee [would] have felt justified in asking for the additional entrance fee of twenty-five cents, especially as the five other galleries contain art attractions superior to any ever exhibited in the West. [P. 33.]
Industrial Exposition. 1874. Art Catalogue. Chicago.