Benoit Benjamin Bonvoisin (French, 1788-1860)
'' The Archbishop of Rouen ''
Oil on canvas
28 x 23.5 in (72 x 60 cm) framed approx
A very fine signed and dated 1850 oil on canvas portrait of Louis Marie Edmund Blanquart de Ballieul, Archbishop of Rouen.
The Archbishop holds a scroll inscribed Concillium Rothomagenix 1850, relating to a Roman Catholic council meeting in Rouen which dates back to at least the 14th century. This portrait presumably commissioned to commemorate the meeting of 1850.
Born 1788, in Montivilliers (Seine-Maritime); died 1860, in Le Havre (Normandy).
A pupil of Jacques-Louis David, Benoit Bonvoisin exhibited Christ Child Sleeping at the Paris Salon in 1840, followed by Art Lover in His Study in 1844.
Louis-Marie-Edmond Blanquart de Bailleul (1795-1868) was a French Roman Catholic bishop. He worked as a lawyer for a time, before becoming the third bishop of Versailles (1832-1844) and then archbishop of Rouen (1844-1858).
As bishop of Versailles, on 18 October 1837 he presided over the Catholic marriage service of Princess Marie of Orleans and Duke Alexander of Wurttemburg at Versailles, and in 1843 he consecrated Versailles's main town church as the cathedral of the 33-year-old diocese. There is a portrait of him in the Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen.