FRERE Charles Théodore, said FRERE BEY (Paris, June 21st 1814 – May 24th 1888, Paris).

Elder brother of Pierre Édouard Frère, he is one of the greatest orientalist painters of the time. He stayed in Écouen. In a letter of 1855, he said he lived in the Soyer house. In 1857, he wrote from the commune to Adolphe Beugniet, the art dealer. He painted a few works of genre painting there, before moving to Montmorency (Val d’Oise), and finding his artistic path in the Middle East.

Charles Theodore Frere
Rumeli-Hisar fortress

For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (bilingual French-English).

 Letter written in Ecouen
 Houses and boats in the Bosphore
Arabs in Alger