Meissonier, Jean Louis Ernest. Painter. Born in Lyons in 1815. Attracted attention by his "Little Messenger" in 1836, and continued to exhibit at the Paris Salon for many years, his best pictures distinguished for minute detail being the "Napoleon Cycle," among which the picture called "1814" was sold, in 1890, for $100,000. Meissonier served in the Italian campaign and the early part of the Franco-Prussian War, and was colonel at the siege of Paris. Died in Paris in 1891.