I believe this artist, referenced in theTable Book of Artas J. A. Breton, to be Jules Adolphe Breton, although the dates given in that book (see next paragraph) do not match what i find elsewhere:
J. A. Breton is another great French artist [the preceding entry was for A. Cabanel of Montpellier], who has achieved the highest distinction. He was born at Couvriers in 1832 [see below], and, as a figure painter, combined with landscape, we question whether he has an equal to-day. We illustrate one of his most recent pictures,The Eve of St. John's Day, which was at the Exhibition at Philadelphia, 1876, and obtained for its painter a first-class medal.