Singry, Jean-Baptiste (1782-1824)

Jean-Baptiste Singry (1782 Nancy - 1824 Paris) was a son of the painter Nicolas Singry. In his youth he went to Paris where he became a student of Vincent and Isabey. From the beginning he seems to have specialized in the miniatures although he also exhibited a number of lithographs. He made his Salon debut in 1806 with a self-portrait. He exhibited several miniatures in 1808 and (among others) the portrait of actress Mlle Alexandrine St. Aubin as "Cinderella" in 1810.

Singry rapidly formed a clientele amongst the artists and theatre people. In 1812 he exhibited the portraits of Isabey and Mlle Pauline as well as his self-portrait; in 1817 - that of Michelot of the Theatre Francais. He exhibited at the Salon until the year of his death in 1824.

Schidlof writes, "few French miniaturists of his period can be compared to Singry. His works, splendid in drawing and execution, have such a truth and force of expression that in some he even surpasses his master Isabey".

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