Verlat, Charles (1824 Antwerp 1890). (The Morning Greeting.) The mother with the child on her lap is greeted by the parrot. On the table carafe and fruit bowl. Steel engraving by William French (c. 1815 – East Grinstead 1898). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Inscribed: Verlat pinxt. / W. French sc., otherwise in German as above. 6 × 6½ in (15.2 × 16.4 cm).
“ Consorting with Courbet. 1869 appointed teacher at the school of arts at Weimar, where he headed a master studio for 5 years … Since 1877 teacher at the Antwerp Academy, since 1885 its director. Applied himself especially to the subject of history, besides the subject of genre, of portrait, and of animals. Realistic, exceedingly productive naturalist whose tendencies have the purest and most delightful effect in the animal picture ”
(Thieme-Becker XXXIV , pp. 258 ff.).
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