Maxime Lalanne (1827-1886) came to art as an amateur, and only turned to it professionally in his mid-twenties. He had been pursuing a career in law when his talents as a draftsman were recognized. It is unclear how Lalanne made a living early on as an artist. He was not a painter, but he did draw a lot. By the late 1850s however, his talents as a printmaker did start to pay the bills. A long-lasting collaboration with Cadard, famous publisher of the Société des Aquafortistes Français, was the source of most of his fame. Impressions of his etchings before letters have become extremely scarce, and even good examples of his published prints are no longer all that common. Lalanne’s landscapes and cityscapes alike are almost always elegantly composed and attractive, despite their apparent simplicity.