Theodroe Valerio was a French etcher, painter and lithographer. Displaying considerable talent at an early age, Valerio began exhibiting his art at the Paris Salon in 1838 at age nineteen. As a young man he both studied and etched in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Shortly thereafter Valerio made his first of many trips to the Hungarian Empire and to the Baltic States. He was immediately drawn to the customs and lives of these peoples and thereafter devoted most of his art to them. From 1853 to 1865, Theodore Valerio recorded the dress, customs and habitations of the Hungarian and Baltic peoples.