The New International Encyclopædia/Boilly, Louis Léopold

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BOILLY, bwäyē̇′, Louis Léopold (1761-1845). A French painter, born at La Bassée (Nord). He was at first a portrait painter, and began working in Paris in 1779. He won a considerable popularity as a depicter of the bourgeoisie from the reign of Louis XVI. to the close of the Restoration. He has been credited with no less than five thousand pictures, many of them Revolutionary scenes, and the best belonging to the epoch extending from the Revolution to the Consulate. In design he is firm and accurate, in color generally even. Many of his works were engraved, and he himself did creditable lithographing. His two most famous paintings are perhaps “The Arrival of the Diligence” (1803) and “Isabey's Atelier" (with portraits of twenty-four artists).