Antoine Vestier

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Self portrait, 1785

Antoine Vestier (1740–1824) was a French miniaturist and painter of portraits, born at Avallon in Burgundy, who trained in the atelier of Jean-Baptiste Pierre. He showed his work at the Salon de la Correspondance, Paris, before being admitted (agréé) to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1785, when a portrait of the painter Gabriel François Doyen, was his morceau de réception.

Among his sitters was the royal cabinet-maker, Jean Henri Riesener (1786, Musée de Versailles).

Further portraits include

  • The Chevalier de Latude, 1789 (Paris, musée Carnavalet)
  • Nicolas-Guy Brenet, painter, 1786 (Paris, musée du Louvre)
  • Jean Thurel, fusilier, 1788; this aged veteran wears three medals, witness to his seventy-two years of service (Tours, musée des Beaux-Arts)
  • A Chevalier of Malta holding the portrait of the Bailli de Hautefeuille, commander of the Order, 1788 (Dijon, musée des beaux-arts).
  • François-Joseph Gossec, unknown date.

Vestier was the father of portraitist Marie-Nicole Vestier, wife of miniaturist François Dumont.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Sueur, Jean-Claude. Le portraitiste Antoine Vestier (1740-1824), Rueil-Malmaison, 1974. (privately printed)
  • Passez, Anne-Marie, with Joseph Baillio and Marie-Christine Maufus. Antoine Vestier, 1740-1824, (Paris: La Bibliothèque des Arts, Fondation Wildenstein) 1989.


  1. ^ Profile of Marie-Nicole Vestier at the Dictionary of Pastellists Before 1800.