"2 Watercolors Depicting Edwardian Woodcock"Study of woodcock in flight. Watercolor on paper. Monogram at the bottom right. Framed 24cm X 13cm Woodcock in the creek. Watercolor on paper signed lower right and framed painted in 1909 Edouard Paul MERITE (1867-1941) Painter and animal sculptor,. is the pupil of the sculptors Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841-1905) and Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910), to whom he succeeds to the National Museum of Natural History of Paris as a drawing teacher between 1923 and 1937. He is the friend of the painter Aimé Morot (1850-1913) and his father-in-law the painter Jean-Léon Gérome (1824-1904). EM began at the Salon of 1888 and became a member of the French Artists from 1889. Very early, he is interested in animals and all kinds of hunting activities and goes to care for wild animals at home. The Museum of Natural History in Paris keeps his animal notebooks brought back from his polar expeditions between 1905 and 1909. A great traveler, he visited Sudan to paint the woman and attended the sumptuous hunts of Emperor Franz Joseph in Austria.