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Albert Tissandier

Albert Tissandier was born in France in 1839. A French illustrator and architect, he is one of the few foreign artists whose work can be found in published form. He died in 1906.

Tissandier was trained as an architect at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He traveled from Pittsburg to the Grand Canyon intending to create a travel book. The result was Six Mois aux États Unis (1886).

Tissandier was a skilled draftsman whose drawings of architectural and landscape subject offered his readers a view of the character of the United States. Examples of his work include a graphite drawing on paper Marble Canyon Near Pacump Valley (1885) and an ink on paper drawing Grand Canyon of the Colorado (1885).The Utah Museum of Fine Arts owns 225 of Tissandier's sketchs as part of its permanent collection.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Albert Tissandier was born in France in 1839 and died in 1906. A shy, sensitive, non-English-speaking French visitor to the American West in the 1880s, this gentleman left a series of pencil drawings of still-recognizable locales in and near Utah. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts holds what may be the most complete collection of these appealing works.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.


Ballinger, James K., and Andrea D. Rubinstein. Visitors to Arizona 1846 to 1980: Catalogue and Essays. Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Art Museum, 1980.

Ballinger, James K. Beyond the Endless River: Western American Drawings and Watercolors of the Nineteenth Century. Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Art Museum, 1979.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson, ed. The Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ:, 2003.

Francey, Mary F. Albert Tissandier: Drawings of Nature and Industry in the United States, 1885. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 2001.

Hassrick, Peter H. Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park. Los Angeles, CA: Autry Museum of Western Heritage in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2002.

Horbaczewski, Hauptmann, Gaston Tissandier, and Albert Tissandier. Das elektrische Schraubenluftschiff der Gebrüder Tissandier. Wien: R. v. Waldheim, 1884.

Kinsey, Joni. The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art. San Francisco, CA: Pomegranate, 2004.

Mitchem, Holly, Marvin H. Schenck, and Tray C. Mead. Capturing the Canyon: Artists in the Grand Canyon. Mesa, AZ: Mesa Southwest Museum, 1987.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 1999.

Reinhardt, Lisa. Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide 2001/2002. Phoenix, AZ: Gordon's Art Reference, 2000.

Sircos, A., Th Pallier, and Albert Tissandier. Histoire des ballons et des ascensions célèbres. Paris: F. Roy, 1876.

Tissandier, Albert. Albert Tissandier: Six Months in the United States, 1885. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 2002.

Tissandier, Albert. Cambodge et Java: Ruines Khmeres et Javanaises 1893-1894. Paris, France: Masson, 1896.

Tissandier, Albert. Voyage Autour du Monde; Inde et Ceylan - Chine et Japon, 1887 - 1890 - 1891. Paris, France: G. Masson, 1892.

Tissandier, Gaston. Histoire de mes ascensions: récit de quarante-cinq voyages aériens (1868-1888). Paris, France: M. Dreyfous, 1888.

Tissandier, Gaston and Albert Tissandier. Histoire de Mes Ascensions. Paris, France: M. Dreyfous, 1887.

Tissandier, Albert. Six Mois Aux États-Unis : Voyage D'un Touriste Dans l'Amérique Du Nord, Suivi D'une Excursion à Panama / Texte et Dessins par Albert Tissandier. Paris, Frances: G. Masson, 1886.

Tissandier, Gaston, and Albert Tissandier. Histoire de Mes Ascensions; Récit de Vingt-quatre Voyages Aériens (1868-1877) Précédé de Simples Notions sur les Ballons et la Navigation Aérienn. Paris, France: M. Dreyfous, 1878.

Tissandier, Gaston, and Albert Tissandier. Le Grand Ballon Captif à Vapeur de M. Henry Giffard. Cour des Tuileries--Paris, 1878.  Paris, France: G. Masson, 1878.

Tissandier, Gaston, and Albert Tissandier. Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age: Choix de Récréations; Amusantes & Instructives. Paris, France: G. Masson, 1870s.

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