In her publication The Pupils of Redouté, London, 1981, Elizabeth Hardouin-Fugier writes that Redouté 'counted all the prettiest women in Paris among his pupils' (p. 194). Redouté had a large number of followers, but it is rare to see the work of artists, for whom we have documentary evidence of being actual pupils of Redouté. Appoline-Marie-Franoise Gaillard is one such pupil who we know studied under Redouté (see E. Hadouin-Fugier, op.cit., p. 43). She worked under the nôm d'artiste of Lucy de Beaurepaire, her maiden name, her father being Eusèbe Chaceré de Beaurepaire.
Under her nôm d'artiste she exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1835, 1837, 1839 and 1842 and she is listed in the Salon Handbook as living in the rue de Cléry, the Gaillard family home. Gaillard studied at the Jardin des Plantes and married Jean-Casimir Prou-Gaillard, the Governor of the Paris Saint-Pélagie prison. She is known to have produced 15 plates for Naissance des Fleurs, Chavant, 1837, Lithographie Coloriées à l'aquarelle avec soin; and Les 365 Jours de l'année en Floraison. Two watercolours by her are in the Broughton Collection at the Fitzwilliam, Museum, Cambridge and a similar bouquet of flowers is illustrated in E. Hardouin-Fugier, op.cit., p. 85. France has provided the most famous growers and cultivators of the peony and the 19th century saw the development of a new interest in the cultivation of the genus, particularly from royal and aristocratic connoisseurs. The watercolour is unusual in that it illustrates the single, double and multi-petalled varieties and Gaillard has also included the seed pod in her bouquet.