Louis Le Breton

Louis Le Breton (1818-1866) was a French painter who specialized in landscapes and maritime themes. Le Breton studied medicine and later served as a doctor in the French Navy. He was a crew member on Dumont d’Urville’s second voyage aboard the Astrolabe. During the expedition, the official illustrator perished. Le Breton was named his replacement and earned some renown in this role.

From 1847, he spent most of his time composing paintings of marine subjects for the French Navy. In the early 1860s, he created 69 illustrations of occult demons for the 1863 edition of Dictionnaire Infernal by Collin de Plancy.

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