Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de
- Ellen G. Miles
Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de (12 March 1770–23 June 1852), artist and museum director, was born in Dijon, France, the son of Bénigne-Charles Févret de Saint-Mémin, a lawyer, and Marie-Victoire de Motmans. His father was a member of the Burgundian nobility; his maternal grandfather, a wealthy sugarcane planter in the Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue and solicitor general of the sovereign council of Port-au-Prince. Saint-Mémin was privately educated in Dijon. In 1784 his parents enrolled him in the royal military academy in Paris. After graduation in 1788 he was appointed to the palace guard of Louis XVI. His military career ended abruptly when the guard was disbanded in 1789 at the beginning of the French Revolution. After the nobility was abolished in 1790, Saint-Mémin and his parents and two sisters fled to Switzerland....