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Henri Antoine de Favanne or Favannes (1668–1752) was an English painter of historical subjects.


Life

He was born in London in 1668, and returned to France with his family in 1688.[1] He studied under René Houasse, a pupil of Charles le Brun.[2] He went to Italy in 1693, and was awarded the Grand Prix de Rome in 1693. He then spent ten years in Spain[3] in the service of Madame des Ursins.[2]

In 1714 he returned France, where he was commissioned by Madame des Ursins' secretary Jean d’Aubigny to decorate the newly built Château de Chanteloup.[1][2] There he painted the gallery – decorating it with ten scenes from the life of Philip V – a salon and the chapel. The château no longer exists, but there are three studies for decorations in the gallery in French public collections: The Triumph of Justice in the Louvre, The Kingdoms of Valencia and Aragon Surrender to Philip V in the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Lille and The Battle of Almança or The Battle of Villaviciosa acquired by Musée des Beaux-Arts at Tours in 2007. The museum at Tours also owns two paintings by Favanne which use to hang in the chateau, and a study for a work in the salon.[2]

In Paris, he was elected rector of the Academy. He died in 1752.[3]


References

"LA BATAILLE D'ALMANÇA OU LA BATAILLE DE VILLAVICIOSA" (PDF). Sotheby's. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
Rykner, Didier. "A study by Henri de Favanne for the château de Chanteloup". Art Tribune. Retrieved 24 August 2014.

Bryan 1886-9.

Sources

This article incorporates text from the article "FAVANNE, Henri de" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.

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