Julien-Léopold Boilly

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Lithography by Julien Léopold Boilly : Cortège de l'empereur de Chine (Procession of the emperor of China). 1869

Julien-Léopold Boilly (30 August 1796, Paris – 14 June 1874), also known as Jules Boilly, was a French artist noted for his album of lithographs Iconographie de l'Institut Royal de France (1820-1821) and his booklet Album de 73 Portraits-Changés Aquarelles des Membres de I’Institute (1820) containing watercolor caricatures of seventy-three famous mathematicians, in particular French mathematician Adrien-Marie Legendre, the only known portrait of him.

He was a son of the genial painter-engraver Louis-Léopold Boilly. Admitted to the lycée at Versailles 15 December 1806,[1] he painted portraits[2] and illustrated books with lithographs.[3] He also collected autographs.[4]


  1. ^ Henry Harrisse, L.-L. Boilly, peintre, dessinateur, et lithographe: sa vie et son oeuvre 1761-1845;, 1898:33.
  2. ^ For example his portrait of George Sand (illustrated in J.B. Margadant The New Biography: Performing Femininity in Nineteenth-Century France 2000.
  3. ^ For examples[ d'Ortigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amériques: résumé général de tous les voyages de Colomb, Las-Casas... 1836
  4. ^ Narisse 1898:44.