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Jacques-Emile Blanche

1861 - 1942

The son of Dr Emile Blanche, the eminent pathologist, Blanche studied briefly under Henri Gervex and Ferdinand Humbert in Paris, but received no further formal training. He was well known as a painter of portraits of eminent writers and artists. He published his recollections of many of these friends, including Renoir.

He visited London every year from 1884, where he also painted a number of portraits, including those of Aubrey Beardsley and James Joyce.