Guérin taught him. His fellow-student and good friend Géricault’s success encouraged him in his own brand of romanticism. He met Bonington making studies in the Louvre, and went with him to England. Chopin was a close friend, discussing counterpoint and riding together around the Champs Élysées, but Delacroix dismissed Sand’s writing. He was a member of Gautier’s Club des Haschischins, along with Dumas, Nerval and his close friend and admirer Baudelaire. Mérimée wrote of a brothel visit with him, Musset and Stendhal. He was friends with Balzac and Arago, and admired and owned paintings by Daumier.