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 Migneaux et Bideault     

The artists Jules Migneaux (a celebrated French entomological illustrator) and Louis Bideault (born 1847) were artists and watercolorists in Paris in the late 1800s. Also in Paris was the natural history supply company and publishing house known as "Les Fils d'Emile Deyrolle" --mineral specimen labels from this company can be viewed in the Biographical Archive. Around 1900 the Deyrolle firm published the 25th book in its Histoire Naturelle de la France series, this one on "Mineralogie" with text by Dr. Paul Gaubert of the Paris Natural History Museum. The book is illustrated with 18 color plates commissioned from, and signed by, "Migneaux et Bideault," and printed in color by Draeger et Lesieur.

The Deyrolle editors discuss in their preface the difficulties inherent in representing minerals in color, but seem quite please with the result and state that "We, moreover, were well assisted in this attempt by the draughtsmen, Migneaux and Bideault." The source of the specimens illustrated is not mentioned, but considering the author's access to the collection of the Paris Natural History Museum, that is the most likely place. The illustrations are of middling quality, not bad.

Migneaux, who had worked many years earlier with Théophile Deyrolle, also provided illustrations for Auguste Vinson's Aranéides des iles de la Réunion, Maurice et Madagascar (1863), and Stanislaus Meunier's Nos Terrains (1898, published in Paris by Armand Colin et Cie.), an introduction to geology and mineralogy containing 24 colored plates [not seen]. Obviously he had a long career as an artist and colorist; he died at Billanconrt (Seine) on March 2, 1898. Gaubert's Mineralogie may well have been his last work.

References:
ANONYMOUS (1898) [Obituary for Jules Migneaux.]The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine. June, p. 140.
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Number of artworks found: 11 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 11

The Mineralogical Record:  Migneaux et Bideault - Barite with Goethite from France Barite with Goethite from France
Watercolor on paper (ca.1900), probably based on a specimen in the collection of the Natural Hiatory Museum, Paris; published as Plate 16 Histoire Naturelle de la France--Mineralogie (undated, ca. 1900, Paris) by Paul Gaubert, published by Les Fils d'Emile Deyrolle.
The Mineralogical Record:  Migneaux et Bideault - Siderite, probably from Allevard, France Siderite, probably from Allevard, France
Watercolor on paper (ca.1900), probably based on a specimen in the collection of the Natural Hiatory Museum, Paris; published as Plate 4 Histoire Naturelle de la France--Mineralogie (undated, ca. 1900, Paris) by Paul Gaubert, published by Les Fils d'Emile Deyrolle.
The Mineralogical Record:  Migneaux et Bideault - Unknown Mineral Unknown Mineral
Engraving (ca.1900), possibly based on a specimen in the collection of the Natural Hiatory Museum, Paris; published as the title page illustration in Histoire Naturelle de la France--Mineralogie (undated, ca. 1900, Paris) by Paul Gaubert, published by Les Fils d'Emile Deyrolle.
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