Lucien Gautier was a native of Aix-en-Provence and took to printmaking and design as a young man. He came to Paris and worked as an illustrator for the magazine L'Art. He exhibited at the Salon until the year before his death and won several awards. Gautier was known for etched views of such major European cities as Rome, Venice, London and, of course, Paris, which were compared to the work of revolutionary French printmaker Charles Meryon. He also did intimate views of French life, as in our etching.
Early in his career he studied with the award-winning painter-etcher Leon Gaucherel while executing reproductive prints after the work of such Barbizon artists as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Charles Jacque. According to one source, he also worked for the Paris police setting up a photographic service.