HENRY LUCIEN CHEFFER (French / 1880-1957)

Henry Lucien Cheffer was born in Paris. His father was an engraver of religious images, and encouraged the young Henry Cheffer towards a career as a reproductive engraver; it was a neighbour, the sculptor Ferrary, who steered the boy towards original art. Cheffer was a pupil of Léon Bonnat and Jean Patricot at the Beaux-Arts, Paris. He won the Prix de Rome in 1906. Henry Cheffer exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he was a member. Aside from his paintings, watercolours, wood engravings and etchings, Henry Cheffer is noted as an engraver of postage stamps. Henry Cheffer was Rodin's first cousin, once removed (his grandmother was the sister of Rodin's mother), and it was Rodin who encouraged him to take up etching. Cheffer learned wood engraving from the etcher Groullier, and also from Thévenin. Henry Cheffer served throughout WWI, making many drawings of trench life, and for a time after the armistice the war served as one of the main themes of his art. Many of his etchings are of Brittany, though he also made a notable series of etchings of Venice in 1910-11. We also have an interpretative engraving by Henry Cheffer after Thomas Gainsborough's double portrait of the Linley sisters, Mrs Sheridan and Mrs Tickell; for this, see under Gainsborough.

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Selected prints by HENRY LUCIEN CHEFFER

Le Port de Gênes
(Genoa), 1928
Marché d'étoffes à
Douarnenez, 1912
Le marché au beurre
à Lisieux, 1924

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