Jean Rigaud

Life Dates:
1742 – 1810
Artist Biography:
Jean Francois Rigaud was an 18th/ 19th century French painter most renowned for doing portraits, but made most of his wealth from commissioned decorative painting for the town of Tulin, France, and from painting house-portraits for members of nobility. He is highly noted for his series of naval heroes that includes a portrait of Lord Nelson. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, "[h]is portraits tend to be strongly characterized and boldly conceived, even occasionally eccentric".