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Samson (Joseph-Isidore) Carjat, Etienne  (French, 1828-1906)

Photogravue by Goupil & Cie. Joseph Isidore Samson (July 2, 1793 – March 28, 1871) was a French actor and playwright. He was born at St. Denis, the son of a restaurant keeper. He took the first prize for comedy at the Conservatoire in 1812, married an actress with whom he toured France, and came to the Comédie-Française in 1826. Here he remained until 1863, creating more than 250 parts.

He became a professor at the Conservatoire in 1829, and under him Rachel, Rose Cheri (1824-1861), the Brohans and others were trained. He wrote several comedies, among them La Belle-Mère et le gendre (1826), and La Famille poisson (1846). Samson died in Paris on the 28th of March 1871.

Étienne Carjat (1828-1906), was a French journalist, caricaturist and photographer. He is best known for his numerous portraits and caricatures of political, literary and artistic Parisian figures.


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