Alphonse Giroux

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux (died May 1, 1848 in Paris) was a French art restorer and ébéniste.

He studied painting under Jacques-Louis David, and founded an art restoration business near the end of the 18th century. He was the official restorer of Notre Dame Cathedral, and collected and exhibited art by Louis Daguerre, Charles Marie Bouton, Charles Arrowsmith, Charles Renoux, and others. As well as restoring art, his business made and sold furniture in various styles for the French royal family and others.[1] He is also known for constructing the daguerrotype cameras designed by Daguerre,[2] the first commercially manufactured photographic camera in the world.

The painter André Giroux was one of his sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b Whiteley, Linda (2000), "Giroux", in Turner, Jane, The Grove dictionary of art: From Monet to Cézanne : late 19th-century French artists, Oxford University Press, pp. 208–209, ISBN 978-0-312-22971-9 .
  2. ^ Mannoni, Laurent (2000), The great art of light and shadow: archaeology of the cinema, University of Exeter Press, p. 221, ISBN 978-0-85989-567-5 .