Avril, Paul

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Avril, Paul Gender: M
Édouard Henri Avril
born on 21 May 1849 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Algiers, Algeria, 36n47, 3e03
Timezone LMT m3e03 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 00°03' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 15°20 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 02°29'


French painter, commercial artist, and illustrator of erotic literature. His career saw collaboration with influential people like Octave Uzanne, Henry Spencer Ashbee and Friedrich Karl Forberg.

Avril was a soldier before starting his career in art. He was awarded the Legion of Honour for his actions in the Franco-Prussian War.

Avril's major work was designs for De Figuris Veneris: A Manual of Classical Erotica by the German scholar Friedrich Karl Forberg. Another important work illustrated by Avril was John Cleland's Fanny Hill (also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure), which was a significant and controversial publication of its time as it was the first novel to bring erotica to English literature. The book's edition illustrated by Avril includes Les charmes de Fanny exposés that is one of his better known pictures.

Avril died at Le Raincy in Paris on 28 July 1928, aged 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate viewed at the online archives: Acte #566, dated 22 May 1849 (born yesterday), microfiche 153.


  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Illustrator)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Erotic art)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service