Son and student of Jean-Baptiste Isabey, he engaged little in the classicism he had been taught by his father, rather following the romanticism of Bonington and Delacroix. He debuted at the Salon in 1824, receiving a first class medal for his efforts. In 1832 he was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. In 1855 he was given a first class medal at the Exposition Universelle and continued to exhibit until 1878. He painted watercolours towards the end of his life which signalled the advent of Impressionism. He was the master of Boudin and Jongkind. His works have been conserved in the Louvre, Versailles and many other museums in France and Europe, as well as the Metropolitan in New York, The Wallace Collection and National Gallery in London.