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date: 15 December 2019

Michałowski, Piotrlocked

(b Kraków, July 2, 1800; d Krzyżtoporzyce, nr Kraków, June 9, 1855).
  • Jan K. Ostrowski

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(b Kraków, July 2, 1800; d Krzyżtoporzyce, nr Kraków, June 9, 1855).

Polish painter. Born into a noble family, he studied (c. 1815–18) at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, simultaneously taking drawing and painting with several local teachers. After travelling to Vienna, then Warsaw (1817–18), he continued his studies (1821–3) at Göttingen before entering the service of the Ministry of Finances of the Kingdom of Poland in Warsaw as an unsalaried official. In January 1826 he obtained a permanent position in the ministry, and in June 1827 he was appointed head of the whole of the state’s metal industry. In 1828 and 1830 he made official journeys to Germany, France and England and, during the Polish uprising of 1830–31, organized the production of munitions for the Polish army in his factories. In February 1831 he married Julia Ostrowska and, after the failure of the uprising, resigned from his ministry post and left for Kraków, in March 1832...

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