Du Guernier family
- Laurence Guilmard Geddes
French family of miniature painters. Alexandre du Guernier I (c. 1550–c. 1628) worked in Paris as a painter on vellum, decorating devotional books. His son Louis du Guernier I (b Paris, 14 April 1614; d Paris, 16 Jan 1659) was probably his father’s pupil but also studied with Simon Vouet. In 1648 he was one of the founders of the Académie Royale de Peinture in Paris. In 1655 he was appointed professor, and he became conseiller the following year. His portrait by his brother-in-law Sébastien Bourdon was engraved by his pupil Jacques-Samuel Bernard. Du Guernier’s surviving miniatures reveal a delicate and flowing hand and include portraits of Louise Henriette of Orange (1643; Dutch Royal Col.), John Cecil, 4th Earl of Exeter (Burghley House, Cambs) and James, Duke of York (1656; Amsterdam, Rijksmus.), the future James II, King of England (reg 1685–8). Also attributed to du Guernier is a portrait miniature of ...