Landscape and genre painter. Born in Geneva of French parents, Chalon came to England in 1789 and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1796. Between 1801 and 1854 he exhibited eighty-six works at the Academy and became an RA in 1841.This painting is a study for Partridge's group portrait of members of the Sketching Society, which Chalon co-founded in 1808 with his brother, Alfred Edward Chalon. The sketching society in question was founded in 1808 by Francis Stevens, John James Chalon and Alfred Edward Chalon to study epic and pastoral design. According to Charles Robert Leslie, 'The members assemble, at six o'clock, at each other's houses in rotation. All the materials for drawing are prepared by the host of the evening, who is, for that night, President. He gives a subject, from which each makes a design. The sketching concludes at ten o'clock, then there is supper, and after that the drawings are reviewed, and remain the property of him at whose house they are made'.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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