A prolific painter of military themed works, Henry-Louis Dupray was one of a group of artists that included Berne-Bellecour, Beauquesne and Detaille that specialized in these subjects. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870 gave a ready market for paintings of this type as the French population were eager to see depictions of victorious French battles. Dupray painted scenes from this conflict but after continued to paint military uniform costume pieces to a keen audience.
Henry-Louis Dupray was born in Sedan, France in 1849 and studied art in Paris under Leon Cogniet. He achieved success through his exhibits at the Paris Salon, garnering numerous medals for his paintings. He also illustrated an extraordinary number of books and encyclopedia. For his services to French art he was awarded that country’s highest honor, the Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur in 1878. Dupray died in Paris in 1909 but his paintings can be seen today in the museums of Gueret and Le Mans in France as well as in Switzerland’s Grenoble museum and in London at the Museum of South Kensington.