[France] Vivant Denon.
Stipple. Plate 133 x 83mm. 5¼ x 3¼". Foxing.
Dominique Vivant, Baron de Denon (1747-1825) was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author and archaeologist. He was appointed the first director of the Louvre Museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798-1801. He became a favourite of Louis XV, who entrusted him with the collection and arrangement of a cabinet of medals and antique gems for Madame de Pompadour, and subsequently appointed him attache to the French embassy at St Petersburg. He was then transferred to Sweden, Switzerland and later Naples where he met Sir William and Lady Hamilton. In 1787 he was recalled to Paris and was admitted a member of the Academie de Peinture et de Sculpture.
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