HORNUNG, Joseph. 16496



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Preston in Liverpool, thanking him for his letter and the news of his family, fond memories of his daughter, mentioning sending a picture to Liverpool, and forwarding a registered letter. In French. 2 pp.8½ x 7 inches, folded, with the address leaf, fine. Postmarked Geneva, 10 September 1852. Joseph Hornung (1792-1870), painter, was born in Geneva. He took drawing lessons with Constant Vaucher but was essentially self-taught in the French Romantic tradition. He was considered the leader of the Geneva school and the most representative painter of the Reformation. He exhibited at the Salon in the Musée Rath, Geneva, as early as 1826 and subsequently at the Royal Academy, London (1839) and the Paris Salon (1831, 1840, 1841, 1843 and 1847). He was praised by the critics and Louis-Philippe and Ary Scheffer were among his admirers.