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Alphonse Legros
19th-20th century
(Dijon, 1837 - 1911, Watford (England))

With Bracquemond, Legros was the strongest proponent of etching at mid century, producing over 600 plates during his career. It was Legros' work that Alfred Cadart first published in 1861 with a preface by the critic Charles Baudelaire, that laid the foundations for the Société des Aquafortistes established a year later. Whistler who had been a friend of Legros since student days, encouraged Legros to go to London. There Legros enjoyed steady patronage and financial security. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1880. As a professor at the Slade School, he introduced etching into the curriculum and was a founding member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1881.

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