The New Student's Reference Work/Delaroche, Hippolyte
Delaroche (de-lȧ′rṓsh′), Hippolyte, known as Paul, a French painter, was born at Paris, July 16, 1797. He first came into notice in 1824 by his pictures, St. Vincent de Paul Preaching in the Presence of Louis XIII and Joan of Arc before Cardinal Beaufort. Among his other paintings are The Princes in the Tower and Cromwell Contemplating the Corpse of Charles I, which is held to be one of the first historical paintings of modern times. Perhaps his greatest work is the series of paintings on the wall of the semicircular saloon of the École des Beaux Arts (School of Fine Arts). The painting comprises 74 figures, among them the greatest painters, sculptors and architects in all history. Delaroche died at Paris, Nov. 4, 1856.