François Mulard was a student of Jacques-Louis David and has been admitted to the competition of the Prix de Rome in 1799 where he won a second prize. He competed again in 1802, but was not ranked.
He was a painter at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory, where he teaches drawing as the director of the living model, with students working each week alternately on plaster models or live male models.
He is the author of the painting commemorating the meeting of Persian envoy Mirza Mohammed Reza Qazvini with Napoleon I at the Finckenstein Palace on April 27, 1807.
In 1830, he was one of the co-founders of the Free Society of Fine Arts in Paris, where he became vice-president in 1832 along with his colleague Louis-Alexandre Péron (1776-1855).
- Hector reproaching Paris, 1819, Clermont-Ferrand museum.
- Napoleon and Persia by Iradj Amini, p.106
- Michel Manson, Alexandre Schanne (1823-1887) : de l'art à la fabrication de jouets, Strenæ, 2012 (en ligne)
- Napoléon recevant à Finkenstein l’ambassadeur de Perse. 27 avril 1807 (1810), musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.
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