A pupil of François-Édouard Picot (1786-1868), in 1838 he won the Prix de Rome and was in Italy from 1839 to 1844. He painted historical, religious and contemporary genre scenes, adding military subjects after 1852.
In 1854-5 he was with the French army in the Crimea. He visited Algeria in 1861 and 1862 to gather material for a picture (now untraced) of the reception given to Napoleon III and the Empress Eugénie in Algiers in 1860.
In Paris he contributed to the decoration of the churches of Saint-Eustache and Sainte-Clothilde and the staircase of the Opéra.