Robert Gardelle

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Robert Gardelle (1682-1766) was a Swiss artist. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Gardelle studied under Largillière in Paris, where he distinguished himself as a portrait painter, producing also etchings of portraits and of views of Geneva.[1] Gardelle is known for both the quantity of portraits he produced and the speed with which he produced them; Cambridge University Library noted during a 1978 exhibition that Gardelle was prolific and "often painted portraits in two or three days."[2]


  1. ^ Michael Bryan, Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers: Volume 2, D-G. Robert Edmund Graves and Walter Armstrong, eds. New York: Macmillan, 1903; pg. 215.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Leigh, R. A. (1978). Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778: catalogue of an exhibition at Cambridge University Library July-September, 1978. Cambridge University Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-902205-31-4.