About the Artist
Sébastien-Melchior Cornu, a French historical painter, was born at Lyons in 1804. He first studied under Richard and Bonnefond, and then went to Paris and entered the studio of Ingres. There are by him at Versailles the 'Surrender of Ascalon to Baldwin III,' and the 'Battle of Oued-Halleg'. He continued the decorative works at St. Germain-des-Prés after the death of Flandrin, and died at Longpont (Seine-et-Oise) in 1870.