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Jean Baptiste Augustin

Jean Baptiste Augustin (1759 - 1832)

Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin (August 15, 1759 - April 13, 1832) was a French miniature painter. Augustin was born in St. Dié-des-Vosges and died in Paris. He could have had some lessons from Jean-Baptiste Claudot and perhaps also from Jean Girardet in Nancy . After a few months in Dijon in 1781 he arrived in Paris the same year where he soon earned fame. During the French Revolution, he traveled to Brest (1789) and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (1791). In 1800 he married his pupil Pauline Ducruet, 22 years younger than he. He worked for Napoleon and his entourage and, in 1806, received a gold medal in recognition of his skills. In 1814 Louis XVIII appointed him ordinary painter of the King's Cabinet, later Foreign Painter , and in 1819 miniature painter of the Chamber and the Cabinet of the King. In 1821 he was awarded the Legion of Honor . In 1791 he exhibited at the Exposition de la Jeunesse , and from then until 1831 he also took part in the Paris Salon. He died of cholera in 1832 and was buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery. Alongside Isabey, Augustin was the most significant teacher of miniature painting of his time; he taught over 400 pupils including Besselièvre, Borel, Earl, Delacazette, Delatour, Fontallard, Mirbel , Sieurac, Sparrgren and Tixier de Ladouce.
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