Valide Mosque by Jean-Baptiste Hilair (Paris, 1782)
Valide Mosque engraving of Jean-Baptiste Hilair was published in Voyagé Pittoresque de la Grèce in Paris in 1782.
Size: 15.5 x 23 cm
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Hilair
Jean-Baptiste Hilair (or Hilair) (1751–1828) was a French painter. He was born at Audun-le-Tiche in north-east France, the son of Jean-Francois Hiller (Hilaire) and Marie-Calixte Ronfort and enrolled in March 1786 at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. There he was a pupil of the painter Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the painter and sculptor Jean-Baptiste Le Prince.
In 1776, aged 25, he toured the Greek islands and the Orient, creating over a hundred works which he used to illustrate his "Voyagé Pittoresque de la Grèce", published in three volumes in 1782. His talent became recognized and his work exhibited in Paris at such places as the Salon de la Jeunesse in 1780 and at the Salon de la Correspondence the same year. He took part in the official exhibitions of the Louvre in the salon of 1796. The Pantheon (Paris, 1795), Fish Pool in the Jardin du Roy, Versailles, Suleiman Mosque at Constantinople, and Yeni Camii (New Mosque) and The Port of İstanbul is one of his well-known paintings.
He continued painting until 1796 after which he fades from the records. He died in Paris in 1828. Jean Baptiste Hilair's paintings can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (Text source: Wikipedia)
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