Angouleme, March 13th 1841 – November 1906, Tunis
Eugene Sadoux was a student of Edward May (1824-1887) and became his assistant for the decoration of the Angoulême city hall. Later, he moved in Paris to study drawing and engraving.
Eugene Sadoux began as decorative painter then specialized himself in painting woodlands for several magazines, like “Le Magasin pittoresque”, “Le Monde illustré” or “L’Illustration”.
He had the precious ability to draw perfect exact copies, giving to his work a great documentary value. Because of this quality, he has been chosen to make the illustrations of the famous book edited in 1883, “La renaissance en France” (the Renaissance in France) from Leon Palustre.
The themes of the Eugene Sadoux engravings are very diverse: historic monuments, rustic houses, church capitals or simple wooden doors. Some of his drawings are unique for the knowledge and the history of the French patrimony, like his watercolors of the Cressac-Saint-Denis frescos, some of its elements not existing anymore.
From Eugene Sadoux we know, at least, four engravings of the Ecouen castle. He did some watercolors and etchings of the village of Ecouen for the book “Les environs de Paris” (the Paris suburbs) from George Cain, edited in 1911.
For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXéme siècle”, unfortunately only available in French for the time being (but we are working on it).