Antoine Ignace (Anton Ignaz) Melling was a German-born painter, draftsman, and architect active in France. Born to a family of artists, he was a pupil of his uncle, Joseph Melling, and at age 19 accompanied a diplomatic delegation to Italy, Egypt and finally Constantinople, where he settled and spent 18 years as Imperial Architect in the Ottoman court. Arriving in Paris in 1803, he published a collection of prints, Voyage Pittoresque de Constantinople et des Rives du Bosphor (1809-19), which led to his appointment as landscape painter to the Empress Josephine. He later served as a painter in the court of Louis XVIII. Melling exhibited in the Paris Salon from 1804 to 1824, winning a medal in 1810. In 1821, the French government commissioned a series of landscapes published as a series of aquatints in Voyage Pittoresque dans les Pyrénées (1826-30). Melling was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1825. Today, his drawings, prints and watercolors are in prominent French museums, including the Louvre and Versailles.
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Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall toning, wear, soft creases. Margins with various minor scattered short tears, foxing, chipped edges, which can be matted out when framed.
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