Danloux, Henri-Pierre (1753-1809)

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Orphaned at an early age, Danloux was brought up by his uncle who was an architect. He studied as a genre and history painter. He travelled across Italy, preferring to draw the Roman countryside and portraits oppose to the popular ancient monuments. He settled in France establishing himself as a portraitist. Having moved to Paris he grew in reputation as a portraitist to the aristocracy. He paid close attention to rendering fabrics, embroidery and accessories in both oils and chalk. In 1789 he was commissioned to make portraits of the Royal family. Soon the French Revolution forced him to flee to London, here he excelled in family groups and portraits of children. He captured them in natural, spontaneous poses. In 1801 he returned to Paris, spending his remaining years frustrated by his failure to establish himself as a history painter.