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Pierre Noël VIOLET, miniature portrait of engraver F. Bartolozzi, 1794
Pierre Noël VIOLET, miniature portrait of engraver F. Bartolozzi, 1794 - Paintings & Drawings Style Pierre Noël VIOLET, miniature portrait of engraver F. Bartolozzi, 1794 -
Ref : 63668
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Period :
18th century
Artist :
Pierre Noël VIOLET
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Bodycolour, ivory, gilted metal, glass
Dimensions :
Ø 2.68 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - Pierre Noël VIOLET, miniature portrait of engraver F. Bartolozzi, 1794
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Pierre Noël VIOLET, miniature portrait of engraver F. Bartolozzi, 1794

Pierre Noël Violet (Paris, 1749 – Londres, 1819)
Miniature on ivory
Signed and dated : P. Violet / 1794
Diam. from sight : 6,8 cm
gilted metal frame with black and gold "eglomisé" glass. Diam. : 10,5 cm
Salon: probably the miniature exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1795, n° 385

Pierre Noël Violet is well known by collectors for his Treaty of Miniature painting, published in 1788 in Paris and Rome. He was a student at the Royal Academy in 1758 and a protégé of van Loo. Master of drawing at the School of Genie and Artillery and Marine, he was admitted as a member of the Lille Academy in 1782, with a portrait of king Louis XVI. He made a carreer as a Court painter before emigrating to Great Britain during the Revolution. He soon made his way on the English artistic scene. From 1790 to 1819, he exhibited almost 140 portraits at the Royal Academy. He painted the Court and the Royal family, and supplied numerous drawings for print makers. Miniatures by Violet are at the Louvre, Paris, Victora & Albert Museum, London, in the collections of Her Majesty the Queen, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; at the Albertina Museum, Vienna.
One of the first contact Violet had in Great-Britain was with the famous engraver Francesco Bartolozzi (Firenze, 21 September 1727 ? – Lisboa, 7 March 1815), whose help was influential. Violet exhibited in 1790 a miniature portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette which was then engraved by Bartolozzi and published by Tomkins. There was a true complicity between the two artists , well visible in our portrait -Bartolozzi had practiced miniature painting when he was young, and Violet turned himself into an engraver.
Our portrait, dated 1794, is probably the miniature exhibited by Violet at the Royal Academy in 1795, n° 385. It shows Bartolozzi aged circa 70, the arms in front of him to keep the pose without moving. A second portrait by Violet, a profil to the left, was painted in watercolor in 1797 (Albertina, Vienna) and was engraved the same year by Jacques Bouillard (see additionnal photo). Bartolozzi in his turn, used several drawings by Violet for his engravings: a good example of the tandem Violet-Bartolozzi is seen in the miniature portrait of George IV prince of Wales (1762-1830) by Violet, engraved by Bartolozzi.

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