Alfred-Edward Chalon Paintings

Alfred Edward Chalon was a Swiss portrait painter who gained considerable fame in England during his lifetime. Born on February 15, 1780, in Geneva, Switzerland, Chalon moved to England with his family in his early childhood. He grew up in an artistic environment; his father, Jean-François Chalon, was a professor of French at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, and his brother, John James Chalon, was also a painter.

Alfred Chalon became a student at the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1797, where he honed his skills as an artist. He was particularly known for his watercolor portraits and historical subject paintings. His style was characterized by a delicate touch and a flair for capturing the grace and elegance of his subjects, which was particularly appealing in the Regency period.

He became an Associate of the Royal Academy (A.R.A.) in 1812, and a full Royal Academician (R.A.) in 1816. Chalon's works were widely exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. He gained significant recognition for his 'fancy pictures' – idealized portraits of women in lavish settings. One of his most famous works is the portrait of Queen Victoria, which was used on the first Royal Mail postage stamps, known as the 'Chalon Head'.

Despite his success as a portraitist, Chalon also enjoyed painting theatrical subjects, reflecting the vibrant theater scene in London at the time. His interest in capturing performances and actors on canvas contributed to the historical documentation of the period's cultural life.

Alfred Edward Chalon never married and lived a life dedicated to his art. He was respected by his contemporaries and maintained a successful career throughout his life. He passed away on October 3, 1860, in Kensington, London, leaving behind a legacy of work that continues to be appreciated for its contribution to Regency-era portraiture and British art history.