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date: 13 November 2019

Constantin, Guillaumelocked

(b Rouen, 1755; d Paris, Dec 1816).
  • Linda Whiteley

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(b Rouen, 1755; d Paris, Dec 1816).

French dealer, collector and museum curator. He was based in Paris as a dealer in Old Master paintings. He also bought contemporary art, which brought him into close contact with artists, among whom was the landscape painter Thomas Naudet (1773–1810), who was on almost filial terms with Constantin in gratitude for the dealer’s disinterested protection. Constantin was also a friend of Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and is said to have had exclusive rights to his work, one of the earliest instances of such an agreement. Constantin’s wife was the daughter of the publisher François-Ambroise Didot, and Prud’hon’s important collaboration with Pierre Didot as an illustrator of several of his well-known editions was a result of this connection. As a connoisseur of art, Constantin was given a place on the committee for the reorganization of the Musée du Louvre during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte (see France, Republic of, §XIV...

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