Femme au Tambourin. Lionel-Noël Royer (French, 1852–1926).
Royer volunteered before his 18th birthday for the Franco-Prussian War and took part in the Battle of Loigny-Poupry under the command of General Contrie. Contrie, having noticed Royer’s artistic talent, offered to finance his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Royer became a pupil Cabanel and Bouguereau. He obtained the Prix de Rome in 1882. He became a portraitist and, especially, a painter of historical scenes.