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BARON FRANCOIS GERARD (1770-1837)

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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 765 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BARON FRANCOIS GERARD (1770-1837), French painter, was born on the 4th of May 1770, at Rome, where his father occupied a post in the house of the French ambassador. At the age of twelve Gerard obtained admission into the Pension du Roi at Paris. From the Pension he passed to the studio of satirical humour, soon came to enjoy a general popularity. Besides supplying illustrations for various standard works, such as the songs of Beranger, the fables of La Fontaine, Don Quixote, Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe, he also continued the issue of various lithographic collections, among which may be mentioned La Vie privee et publique des animaux, Les Cent Proverbes, L'Autre Monde and Les Fleurs animees. Though the designs of Gerard are occasionally unnatural and absurd, they usually display keen analysis of character and marvellous inventive ingenuity, and his humour is always tempered and refined by delicacy of sentiment and a vein of sober thoughtfulness. He died of mental disease on the 17th of March 1847. A short notice of Gerard, under the name of Grandville, is contained in Theophile Gautier's Portraits contemporains. See also Charles Blanc, Grandville (Paris, 1855).
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