on canvas laid on panel, signed lower right "G Clairin"
Georges Jules Victor Clairin (11 September 1843, Paris - Pouldu, Clohars-Carnoèt 2 September 1919) was a French Orientalist painter and illustrator. He was influenced by Eastern imagery Moorish architecture, and visited North Africa many times, in particular Algeria, Morocco and Egypt.
He was a student of Isidore Pils and Picot. In addition to being a well-known portraitist, Clairin also completed numerous decorative commissions for public buildings: the theatres in Tours and Cherbourg, the Opéra in Monte Carlo, as well as the Opéra, Sorbonne, Hôtel de Ville and Bourse du Commerce in Paris. Clairin was awarded a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and made an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1897.
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