BENNETT, William Mineard

1778 - 1858

William Mineard Bennett

William Mineard Bennett, was baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, Exeter, Devon on 2 November 1778, son of William Bennett and his first wife Mary née Mineard, who married at St Thomas the Apostle, Exeter on 5 April 1877. A pupil and imitator of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) and attained a considerable reputation as a painter of portraits and miniatures, living in the society of many of the most distinguished literary men of that day, among whom his brilliant wit and versatile talents made him a great favourite. An Exeter portrait painter and miniaturist who worked in London, Paris and seems to have come to Ipswich where he painted Capt. Richard Hall Gower (1768-1833) of Ipswich and William Batley (1758-1830), Town Recorder of Ipswich. Many years of his life were spent in Paris, where his talents gained him the patronage and friendship of the Duke de Berry but in 1844 he returned to Exeter, where he practising his painting only as a leisure pursuit. Several of his works were exhibited at the Royal Academy 1812-1816, and 1834-1835. William was also a talented musician composing several masses for the Roman Catholic church and a linguist writing many novels in French including 'Si j’étais Petit Papier. Chansonette' (c.1835). In 1851, a 72 year old ‘gentleman’ living at Ide, Exeter, Devon, the home of his 45 year old brother Thomas, a banker’s clerk. He died at 2 Hill's Buildings, Exeter on 17 October 1858, he was unmaried.




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