VIOLET, Pierre Nöel

1749 - 1819

Pierre Nöel Violet

Born in Flanders in 1749. In 1782 he became a member of the Académie des Arts in Lille, before moving to Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon de la Correspondance in 1782 and in 1787, and where he published his 'Traité élémentaire de l'art de peindre en Miniature' (1788). Although he had been miniature painter to Louis XVI, Violet joined the revolutionary committee in Paris before resigning and settling in London as an émigré in 1790. He had to make a living by teaching watercolour painting and dancing but Violet soon established a successful practice as a miniaturist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, and at the Society of Artists from 1790 to 1819, he may have been assisted by his friend Bartolozzi, in the engravings of his portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1790). Violet died at his home at 1 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, London on 9 December 1819. Violet and his wife, Marguerite (née Becret 1769-1841), whom he married in or before 1771, had two daughters, Maria (1793–1868) [q.v.], later Mrs James Brook Pulham, and Cecilia (1797–1880), who married at St James Westminster on January 1815, the miniaturist Louis Ferrière. Pierre painted in water-colour including a picture of Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, Suffolk.




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