Born on 12 January 1800 in Paris, he studied under Horace Vernet and Gros, entering the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1817. He was influenced by Gericault, and by his fellow pupils Delaroche and Bonington. His earlier work included military subjects in oil, but he became best known as a lithographer and watercolourist of elegant society.
In 1832 he was made an official painter to Louis-Philippe; he painted thirteen battle scenes for Versailles 1842-38 and drew many scenes of formal and informal Court life. He acted as artistic advisor to the duc d'Aumale at Chantilly 1845-52. In 1834 he met Anatole Demidoff for whom he made three sets of drawings c.1835-55. He visited London in 1826-7 (with Roqueplan) and in 1848-52, following the King into exile. His later subjects included many ancien régime fêtes and book illustrations. He was artistic advisor to baron James de Rothschild at Ferrières from 1856.
He exhibited at the Salon from 1824 to 1878. He died in Paris on 10 December, 1890. There are large collections of his work in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and at Windsor Castle.