I have featured some of his pieces before but wanted to devote an entire entry to Louis Carrogis Carmontelle, who is one of my favourite eighteenth century artists, responsible for charming little watercolours of various aristocrats of the day.
Carmontelle was prodigiously talented and was not only an artist but also an architect, set designer, writer, horticulturist, dramatist and inventor, coming up with the idea that eventually led to the magic lantern.
He was in the service of the Duc d’Orléans and worked as art teacher to his children, including the future King Louis-Philippe but is best known for his little paintings of the Duc’s friends and staff. He would set up his easel when the Duc and Duchesse had a party, either at Chantilly or the Palais Royale and then fire off quick watercolours of the guests.
I have a huge collection of his works so will feature some more later on! That’s enough for now though!