Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Chaussard

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Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Chaussard (29 January 1766, Paris – 30 September 1823), known as Publicola Chaussard, was a French writer, art critic, poet, revolutionary, politician and follower of Theophilanthropy. According to Michaud in his Biographie universelle, Chaussard was "a writer who would perhaps have failed to make a lasting reputation if he had lived under other circumstances".[1]

In 1809 he was elected a correspondent, living abroad, of the Royal Institute of the Netherlands.[2]


Pierre Chaussard was the son of the architect Jean-Baptiste Chaussard (1729–1818) and of Anne Michelle Chevotet, daughter of the royal architect Jean-Michel Chevotet. He was also the great nephew of Jean Valade, peintre du roi, and close cousin to Agathe de Rambaud and Benoît Mottet de La Fontaine. Pierre-Jean-Baptiste was thus raised amidst a family moving in noble circles, close to major aristocrats who were witnesses at his marriage. His father's architecture, however, went out of fashion and he did not work at all after 1789, with most of his clients emigrating or being guillotined.


Before the French Revolution[edit]

Portrait of Antoine de Rivarol. Before the Revolution, Chaussard printed an Ode on the devotion of the duke of Brunswick, and figured in Rivarol's Petit Almanach.

After 14 July 1789[edit]

Executive commissioner in Belgium[edit]

Head of the offices of the Committee of Public Safety[edit]

After 9 Thermidor[edit]

Bourbon Restoration[edit]

His ideas[edit]


Biography of him in a monarchist review[edit]

As seen by Albert Mathiez[edit]



  1. ^ Michaud, Louis Gabriel (1773–1858), Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne: histoire par ordre alphabétique de la vie publique et privée de tous les hommes...
  2. ^ "P.J.B. Chaussard (1766 - 1823)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 


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