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Theophile Poilpot

Caravan in the desert Print by Theophile Poilpot

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Battlefield in the Napoleonic Wars Print by Theophile Poilpot

Battlefield in the Napoleonic Wars

Théophile Poilpot (20 March 1848, Paris – 6 February 1915, Paris), also known as Théophile-François-Henri Poilpot, was a French panorama painter.


Théophile Poilpot

Theophile Poilpot

He was a student of Gustave Boulanger and Jean-Léon Gérôme at École des Beaux-Arts. Theophile Francois Henri Poilpot, the noted military painter and a Commandeur of the Legion of Honour since 1913. His paintings are prime examples of academic art of the time, particularly history painting. He was born and lived all his life in Paris.

Theophile Poilpot had received many honors and decorations, among them being the Military Medal and the appointment as a Chevalier of the Order of St. Anna of Russia. He was the son of the late Theophile Poilpot, himself a famous painter. M. Poilpot saw service in the Franco-Prussian War as a Sergeant of the First Volunteer Regiment of the Seine and in 1874 was retired as an officer of the reserves. He was a former Mayor of Noisy-le-Grand (1887–1892) and had been an Alderman and a Cantonal Delegate. Among the societies to which he belonged were the Society of French Artists; the Committee of the Association of Artists, Painters, Sculptors, Architects, and Engravers; the Artistic and Literary Association and the Military Circle of the Friends of the Louvre.

Theophile Poilpot did not confine himself to French subjects, and several of his best known paintings are owned in the US, among which are ‘‘Bull Run’’, in Washington, D.C., and the ‘‘Merrimac and Monitor’’. Others of his pictures, are the ‘‘Battle of Jena’’, now in Paris, the ‘‘Crowning of Emperor Alexander III’’, in Moscow, the panorama of the ‘‘Battle of Balaklava’’, now in London, the ‘‘Transatlantic Panorama’’, which was shown at the Universal Exposition in 1889, the ‘‘Algerian Panorama’’, shown at the Paris. Exposition of 1900, and the famous ‘‘Panorama of the Revolution and the Empire’’, now in Paris.

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Figures contemporaines, tirées de l'album Mariani, 1901, (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
Archives nationales (
Bibliothèque nationale de France (
Noisy le Grand, L'ACTUALITÉ
Nos peintres et sculpteurs, graveurs, dessinateurs. Jules Martin. 1897. p.305
Revue illustrée (Paris. 1885)
Célébrités-France-19e siècle-Biographies
Commandeur of the Legion of Honour since 1913 (
Salon de 1874
Salon de 1875
Salon de 1876
Salon de 1877
THEOPHILE POILPOT DEAD, The New York Times, February 7, 1915 (pdf)


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