Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891)
The late Charles Chaplin was born at Andelys, in the Department of the Eure, France, of an English father
and a French mother, in 1825. At the age of fourteen he became a pupil of the painter Drolling in Paris,
and settled in Auvergne to become a landscape painter. But the figure had an irresistible attraction for him,
and like Kray, who also commenced by painting landscapes, he gradually abandoned his first choice of
pursuit for the nobler and more enticing one. His
success as a painter of portraits, and especially of portraits of women, continued
until his death. Meanwhile he painted many imaginative compositions, in the coquettish
and seductive style of Boucher, to which class "The Lyre" belongs,
and executed decorative work for great mansions and palaces, especially for the Tuileries,
the Elysee, etc. Chaplin died, very rich, two years ago.
He had been an Officer of the Legion of Honor since 1877.
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