At age thirteen, Auguste Louis Lepère began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton.
He engraved illustrations on wood for Le Monde illustre, Graphic, Scribner's, and Harper's. Later he engraved from his own drawings, and his views of Paris done by this process are superb. Lepere helped revive the older technique of woodcut, and he also made woodcuts in color, lithographs in black and white, and a few lithographs in color
Lepere's great technical skill and warm feeling for his subjects have established him as one of the great etchers of his time, and one of the best wood engravers of the 19th century. Among the best of his etchings are Belle matinee d'automne, a charming scene with a country atmosphere, and with Cathedrale d'Amiens (Jour d'inventaire), a wonderful massiveness and wealth of detail. His paintings are in the Luxembourg and other museums.