French draughtsman and lithographer. The artistís family name was
Aubry, but after his marriage he added his wifeís maiden name to his
own. Aubry-Lecomte was originally employed at the Ministry of
Finance in Paris, but his interest in drawing led him to enrol at
Girodetís atelier at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Aubry-Lecomte proved
to be a proficient draughtsman and rapidly mastered the new
technique of lithography, encouraged by Girodet, becoming one of its
leading practitioners. He was also one of Girodetís most valued
pupils, making lithographic reproductions of the masterís paintings
to be copied in the atelier. Among the most important of these are
the suite of 16 prints (1822) showing the heads of the main figures
from Ossian and the French Generals (1802; Malmaison, Château N.), a
print (1824) of Danaë (1797) and another of an Amazon painted for
the Duchesse de Berry (both untraced). With other pupils of Girodet
he contributed lithographs based on the masterís illustrations for
two publications, Les Amours des dieux (1826) and the Enéide (1827).
Aubry-Lecomte also made prints after Pierre-Paul Prudíhon, François
Gérard, Horace Vernet, Louis Hersent and others. His original works
consist mainly of landscape and genre subjects and portraits of his
family and friends (e.g. Mlle Aubry-Lecomte, lithograph, 1834;
Paris, Bib. N.). He exhibited regularly from 1819, won several
medals and was popularly known as the Ďprince of lithographersí. He
did much to raise the status of printmaking and in 1849 was
decorated with the Légion díhonneur.
"Collection de Tetes d'Etude,
d'apres le tableau peint en 1801,
par Mr Girodet-Trioson, Membre de l'Institut and representant les
ombres des Heros Francais recues dans les Palais aeriens d'Ossian".
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