Godard II of Alençon
Godard II of Alençon was the son of the printer-engraver Pierre-François Godard. After having studied the drawing with Alençon, Godard II went up to Paris to improve. Returned in Alençon, it will coopéra nevertheless with the ornamentation of a great number of picturesque publications and books with engravings published in Paris. One owes him wood which decorates the edition of the Fables of the Fountain (Paris, Crapelet, 1830), Scènes of the private life of the animals according to Grandville, an infinity of boards for the picturesque Magasin , among which one notices that of the travelling Musiciens , according to Johann-Georg Wille. Like work of size, these boards are quite higher than those of his/her father under whom he had studied engraving. Balzac ordered to him engravings for compact editions of traditional which it had the intention to publish. Soon, it improves sufficiently its technique to be able to compete with the wood engravers English of his time. It exposes five times to the Salon of 1824 to 1847.
Godard II took part in the creation of the museum of Alençon (1857) of which it occupied the station of conservative until his death.
WorksPrints with the Museum of arts and traditions popular of Paris:
- Glory with God, respect with the king, hello with the people, honor with the brave men
- Large everlasting calendar of the French warriors, or glory the every day
- French Fortress and camp. Timpanist of light horsemen lancers
- Speech in Notre Dame de Cambric Grâce
- Edouard Brother, Manual of the Norman bibliographer , Rouen, Brument, 1860, p. 29
- Edmond Richard, Three engravers decorated. Godard d' Alençon, wood engravers, 1735-1864. Contribution to the history of engraving with ten drawn engravings on wood originals] , Domfront, Hamonnet, 1921. Text in line
- Godard II of Alençon on the Basis Mona Lisa
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