Jean Petitot (1607-1691)
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Jean Petitot was a Swiss painter who was the first great miniature portraitist in enamel. The son of the sculptor Faulle Petitot, he was apprenticed to a Swiss jeweller from 1622 to 1626. About 1633 he went to France, where he probably became the pupil of Jean and Henri Toutin, the originators of the art of painting miniature portraits in enamel. By 1637 Petitot had arrived in England, where he was patronised by Charles I and his court. On the outbreak of the civil wars, Petitot moved to France, where for many years he enjoyed the patronage of Louis XIV and his courtiers.