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Gabriel Aristide Passot (1797-1875)

Professions: Miniature painter

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  • Gabriel Aristide Passot (French, 1797-1875) A Lady, wearing white dress, her brown hair worn à la Madonna

  • Gabriel Passot (French, 1797-1875)

  • Gabriel Passot (French, 1797-1875)

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  • GABRIEL ARISTIDE PASSOT (FRENCH 1797-1875)  Etienne de Jouy (1766-1846), in blue coat, white high-collared shirt, multi-coloured striped silk scarf tied at his neck  Signed and dated right hand edge, 'Passot 1824', with detailed French inscription about the sitter attached to the reverse of the frame and an envelope inscribed, 'Cheveuse de Monsr de Jouy' containing a lock of hair  Watercolour on ivory  Rectangular wood frame with gilt metal mount  Rectangular, 95mm high   Footnote:   Gabriel Aristide Passot aquired a great reputation and was appointed painter in miniature to Napoleon III. French librettist Etienne de Jouy (1764–1846) is best known today as the main author of the libretto for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. He wrote a number of other librettos for the Paris Opéra, including Spontini’s La Vestale (1807) and Fernand Cortez (1809).Jouy’s politically colourful career began when he joined the army at the age of 16. He spent time in French Guyana and India before returning home for the French Revolution. Fighting for Revolutionary forces, he was almost captured in 1793 and moved to Switzerland in exile. His writing career began the following year after the end of the Terror. La Vestale, his first grand opera, was a great success. His subsequent operas bear traces of his changing political allegiances: while Fernand Cortez was intended to appeal to Napoleon, his final Spontini collaboration, Pélage (1814), was written to celebrate the restoration of the monarchy. His subsequent reversion to support for Napoleon during the Hundred Days earned him the title of Commissaire Impériale of the Opéra-Comique, but ensured his fall from favour once the monarchy returned.  Subject to CITES, Gabriel Aristide Passot, £150 Register to bid

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