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- For the pioneering 18th Century French balloonist, please see Nicolas-Louis Robert.
For the 18th Century French inventor of paper manufacturing machine, please see Louis-Nicolas Robert
|Born||18 April 1614|
|Died||25 March 1685 (aged 70)|
|Known for||Painter of Miniatures to Louis XIV|
In 1664 he was appointed as "peintre ordinaire de Sa Majesté pur la miniature" (Painter of Miniatures) to Louis XIV.
Blunt highlights Robert's main works as follows:
- Illustrations within the book - Guirlande de Julie - which was produced by Nicholas Jarry as a gift for Julie Lucine d'Angennes from her future husband the Duke of Montausier. It was this work that made Robert famous and drew the attention of Gaston, Duke of Orléans.
- Paintings of flowers on vellum for Gaston and latterly for Louis XIV that form the nucleus of the Recueil des vélins currently held in the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle within the Jardin des Plantes.
- Contributions to the Recueil des Plantes - a collection of engravings of flowers. Prints from these were published in the two-volume work - Estampes de Plantes[permanent dead link] and in Mémoires pour servir á l'Histoire des Plantes
Other works include:
- Fiori Diversi - a small book of etchings of flowers published in Rome on 1640.
- Diverses Fleurs c 1660
- Sketchbooks A & B, in the Austrian National Library, detailed in H.Walter Lack's Garden of Eden (Taschen: 2008)
- Livre des Tulipes, in the Austrian National Library, detailed in H.Walter Lack's Garden of Eden (Taschen: 2008)
Robert worked with the following people:
- Robert Morison a Scottish botanist by whom it is believed that Robert was first prompted to take an interest in scientific botanic illustration.
- Denis Dodart
- Abraham Bosse
- Louis de Chastillon