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LETItlERE, Guillaume Guillon (leh-te-air'), West Indian artist, born in Guadeloupe, 16 January, 1760; died in Paris, 22 April, 1832. He acquired the elements of design in his own country, and, showing great capacity, was sent by his father to France in 1774, where he pursued his artistic studies during three years under the direction of Deschamps, professor at the Academy of Rouen. Then he went to Paris, where he was befriended by Doyen, the king's painter, and remained until 1786, when one of his pictures gave him the first prize and an opportunity to go to Rome. Here he painted his "Junius Brutus," which obtained a prize and may be considered his masterpiece. He returned to Paris in 1792, in 1811 was appointed director of the Academy of Rouen, and in 1815 member of the Academy of arts. He founded at Paris in 1819 a school of painting, and travelled often through England, Spain, and Italy, to study the customs and habits of those countries for reproduction in his works. Among his pictures in the Museum of painting of Paris the most notable are "Junius Brutus ordering the Execution of his Son" (1791); "The Treaty of Leoben" (1806); "View of the Town of Medieis" (1807); "Palace of the French Academy at Rome" (1807); "Eneas and Dido surprised by a Storm" (1819); and "Venus on the Waves" (1819).
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