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Nicolas-Henri Jacob

1782-1871, Paris

From 1805 to 1814 the Parisian history and portrait painter Nicolas Henri Jacob, who studied under Jacques-Louis David, worked in Milan as court draughtsman to Eugène Beauharnais, Napoleon’s stepson and Viceroy of Italy. Following his return, he worked for fifteen years as a drawing teacher at the École de vétérinaire in Maisons-Alfort and was later very busy as an illustrator of scientific publications. Quick to learn the new technique of lithography, Jacob was already considered an accomplished lithographer when he contributed a portrait of Aloys Senefelder and a number of illustrated plates for the French translation of L’art de la lithographie par Aloys Senefelder published in 1819.