(b Antwerp, 18 Feb. 1815; d Antwerp, 26 Aug. 1869). Belgian painter. He specialized in painting events from his country's history in a sober detailed style and in historical genre scenes that recall those of his 17th-century Flemish forebears and also reflect his admiration for 16th-century German painting. His work was immensely popular in his day and he won a succession of honours; most notably he was created a baron in 1862. There are two characteristic examples of his work in the Wallace Collection, London: Soldiers Playing Cards (1849) and Frans Floris Going to a St Luke's Day Feast, 1540 (1853). Alma-Tadema was for a time his assistant.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.