Paul Adolphe Rajon
Paul-Adolphe Rajon (1843 – 8 June 1888) was a French painter and printmaker, who started his career as a photographer.
Born at Dijon, Rajon was the third child of Jean Marie Rajon, a hairdresser, by his marriage with Caroline Jaugey, a shop girl some thirty years younger. They had a daughter, Marguerite, born in 1839, and another son, Charles Henri, born in 1840.
In 1857, Paul Rajon began to work for Pierre Joseph Meurisse, a photographer in Metz who had married his sister Marguerite, as a retoucher of portraits. From 1859 to 1860 he attended an art course given by Auguste Migette at the school of design in Metz, befriending another student, Émile Boilvin. In 1862, having saved a little money, Rajon went to Paris, aiming to pursue his career as a retoucher and also to deepen his study of painting. There, he and Boilvin were accepted as students at the École des Beaux-Arts and were taught by Isidore-Alexandre-Augustin Pils.
Rajon etched both contemporary works and Old Masters, as well as portraits, including ones of Ivan Turgenev, Théophile Gautier, John Stuart Mill, Charles Darwin, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. He was critically praised in France, Great Britain, and the United States, through his acquaintance with the New York-based American print dealer Frederick Keppel.
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- “Twelve etchings contributed to the ‘Portfolio’ by Paul Adolphe Rajon: with Memoir and Notes by F. G. Stephens”, in The Athenæum: A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama, No. 3204, March 23, 1889, p. 381
- Robert J. Wickenden, "Paul Adolphe Rajon (1842–1888)" in The Print-Collector’s Quarterly, Vol. VI, Part 2 (December 1916), pp. 410-434