VIOLET, Pierre Nöel

1749 - 1819

Pierre Nöel Violet

Pierre Noel Violet, was 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 from 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 in 1790 as an émigré. He made a living by teaching both 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 1790-1819, he may have been assisted by his friend Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), in the engravings of his portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1790). Violet married in or before 1771, Marguerite née Becret (1769-1841), by whom he had two daughters, Maria [Violert q.v.], later Mrs James Brook Pulham, and Cecilia (1797–1880), who married at St James Westminster on January 1815, the miniaturist Louis Ferrière (1792-1866). Violet painted in water-colour including a picture of Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Pierre Violet died at his home at 1 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, London on 9 December 1819.

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