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Paul Helleu "Portrait of James A. McNeil Whistler" Gravure Paul Helleu "Portrait of James A. Mac Neil Whistler" Gravure AFTER Helleu Portrait of Whistler, plate signed and published by Gustave Pellet, an educated and cultured man, well connected in Parisian society. Georges Petit (11 March 1856 – 12 May 1920) was a French art dealer, a key figure in the Paris art world and an important promoter and cultivator of Impressionist artists. This work measure inches by 8 inches by 10 inches (plate mark) and in good condition.Paul César Helleu (1859 – 927) was a French artist best known for his portraits of many of the most famous and beautiful women of his time including the Duchess of Marlborough, the Countess of Greffulhe, the Marchesa Casati and Belle DA Costa Greene. He was born in Vannes, Brittany, France. He started as a ceramist, but at the age of 17 despite the disapproval of his widowed mother, he went to Paris to study with Gérôme and at the École des Beaux-Arts. He became a close friend of John Singer Sargent, whom he met in Paris in 1878 when Paul was 18 years old and Sargent 22. Already becoming known, Sargent was getting commissions for work. Helleu had not sold anything, was deeply discouraged and almost to the point of abandoning his studies. When Sargent heard this, he went to Helleu and picked one of his paintings, praising his technique. Flattered that Sargent would praise his work he offered to give it to him. Sargent replied, "I shall gladly accept, Helleu, but not as a gift. I sell my own pictures, and I know what they cost me by the time they are out of my hand. I should never enjoy this pastel if I hadn't paid you a fair and honest price for it." With this he paid him a thousand-franc note. This was perhaps the first thousand-franc note Helleu had ever seen