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Alexis Chataignier

1772 Nantes – 1817 Paris

The now little known draughtsman and etcher Alexis Chataignier was a pupil of François Marie Isidore Quéverdo in Paris, where he first made his mark as a book illustrator. During the upheavals of the French Revolution he produced leaflets. In the subsequent years Chataignier did several portraits of Bonaparte and produced an extensive cycle of engravings showing the costumes and uniforms from the periods of the Consulate, Directory and First Empire respectively.