Louis Joseph César Ducornet
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Ducornet was born without arms; he painted using his foot. He studied under François Louis Joseph Watteau and Guillaume Guillon-Lethière. He painted biblical and historical scenes, as well as portraits.
Ducornet was born of poor parentage at Lille, in 1806. He was deformed from his birth, having neither arms nor thighs, and only four toes to his right foot. While still a child, he used to pick up pieces of charcoal from the floor with his toes, and the rough sketches he thus made evinced so much promise that he received local instruction in art.
By the help of the municipality of Lille, he was sent to Paris, where he studied under Guillaume Guillon-Lethière and François Gérard, and for a short time received a government pension. He died in Paris in 1856. Among his chief pictures are:
- Repentance. 1828.
- The Parting of Hector and Andromache. (Lille Museum.)
- St. Louis administering Justice. (Lille Museum.)
- Death of Mary Magdalen. 1840. (St. André, Lille.)
- The Repose in Egypt. 1841.
- Christ in the Sepulchre. 1843.
- Edith finding the body of Harold. 1855.
This article incorporates text from the article "DUCORNET, Louis César Joseph" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
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