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Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel ( 1839 - 1929)
Throughout the eighteenth century history painting, in England and France, was considered the highest form of art. The first half of the nineteenth century saw the rise of the historical novel, through the writings of Walter Scott (1771-1832), disseminated throughout Europe. In France this new vogue was exemplified by the plays and novels of authors like Alexander Dumas (1802-1870) with his “Henry III” or “The Three Musketeers”.