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Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon (1747-1825), French painter, archaeologist and traveller

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 3 portraits
Vivant, who had a brilliant career as artist and diplomat under the ancien régime, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Diderot, Voltaire, and Robespiere, and followed Napoleon on his campaign in Egypt. In 1804 he became director-general of museums and was instrumental in bringing foreign masterpieces into the Louvre. His accounts of his travels and his treatise on ancient monuments contain collections of his engravings.

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D18887

Voltaire

by and published by Augustin de Saint-Aubin, after Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
line engraving, (6 July 1775)
NPG D18887

D6596

Samuel Rogers

by Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
pencil, after 1817
NPG D6596

D6586

Samuel Rogers

by Sir George Scharf, after Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
pencil, 1871
NPG D6586