Théodore Chassériau was born Samana, Santo Domingo in 1819. He studied painting in Paris with Ingres, following him to the French school of Rome, eventually leaving him to put into practice his own ideas. Chassériau also attached himself to the school founded by Delaroche, for a time.
Chassériau produced several of the mural paintings in the palace of the council of state in Paris and his works are found in some of the principal Parisian churches. He also executed sixteen etchings of subjects from Shakespeare’s “Othello” and thirty from “Hamlet”.