Gerlier (b.1826; French/Belgian)
Inauguration of Monument… Constitution of Belgium (c.1859)
Colour lithograph
Presented by the Belgian Government, 1868
National Gallery of Victoria (p.179.14-1)

The constitution of modern Belgium, which dates back to 1831, was commemorated in the Colonne du Congrès or Independence Column, erected in Brussels from 1850-59, to a design by Joseph Poelart (1817-79).

The printmaker (known only by his single name) was born in Paris, worked in the USA and was then active as a lithographer in Belgium from 1845 until he returned to Paris in 1861.


Not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905 

For Gerlier, see Bénézit 6, p.69 and AKL 52 (2006), p.173. See also the commemorative book by Félix Stappaerts, La Colonne du Congrès a Bruxelles, Brussels, 1860, which included several black and white prints signed by Gerlier, showing the column and various details (available via Google Books: