Alphonse Marie Adolphe de Neuville (Alphonse Marie Adolphe de Neuville)

Alphonse Marie Adolphe de Neuville

Artist. A French Academic painter, he is remembered for his battle scenes from the Crimean War, the Franco-Prussian War, and the Anglo-Zulu War. Born into a wealthy family, after earning his Bachelor of Letters he entered the naval school at Lorient, in Brittany, France in 1856. While there, he became interested in painting and worked in French painter Francois-Edouard Picot’s studio for a while. His first work was “The Fifth Battalion of Chasseurs at the Gervais Battery (Malakoff)” (1859) that won a good opinion by French artist Eugene Delacroix. The following year he painted his “Episode of the Taking of Naples by Garibaldi” followed in 1861 by “The Light Horse Guards in the Trenched of the Mamelon Vert.” He provided illustrations for Pierre-Jules Hetzel’s publication of Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and Francois Guizot’s “History of France.” His other notable works include “The Attack in the Streets of Magenta by Zouaves and the Light Horse” (1864), “A Zouave Sentinel” (1865), “The Battle of San Lorenzo” (1867), “Dismounted Cavalry Crossing the Tchernaia” (1869), “Battle of Champigny” (1870), “The Last Cartridges” (1873), “Attack on a House at Villersexel” (1875), “Railway Bridge at Styring” (1877), and “The Defence of Rorke’s Drift” (1880). His last years were spent working with French artist Edouard Detaille. He died at the age of 49. (bio by: William Bjornstad)


  • May, 31, 1835
  • France


  • May, 05, 1885
  • France


  • Cimetiere de Montmartre
  • France

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