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{{subst:Quick infobox|Roland Lefebvre|1608|1677|}} Roland Lefebvre (born 1608 died 1677), painter, was born at Anjou in 1608. He painted both history and portraits, and studied for many years in Italy. For a long time he lived at Venice, whence he is sometimes known as 'Lefebvre de Venise'. He was admitted a member of the Venetian Academy of Painting and Sculpture on 6 January 1663, but after quarrelling because he was only admitted as a portrait-painter and not as a history-painter, he was excluded from the Academy on 14 March 1665. Lefebvre thereupon came over to England. He obtained the patronage of Prince Rupert by revealing to him a new method of staining marble. He painted portraits and small history pictures, but was not much esteemed. He died in Bear Street, Leicester Fields, in 1677, and was buried in St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. A portrait of Lefebvre, in a fur cap, formerly in the possession of Philip Mercier the painter, was engraved for Walpole's 'Anecdotes of Painting'. He must be carefully distinguished from Claude Lefebvre, a well-known painter in Paris at the same time, who did not come to England, and also from Valentin Lefebvre, who lived many years at Venice, where he engraved works of Titian, Paolo Veronese, and others. [DNB 1][DNB 2][DNB 3][DNB 4][DNB 5] [1]


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    L. C.

    (1892). "Lefebvre, Roland (DNB00)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.

DNB references[edit]

These references are found in the DNB article referred to above.

  1. Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting
  2. Vertues manuscripts (British Museum Add. manuscripts 23070, 23075)
  3. Mariette's Abecedario
  4. Dussieux's Artistes Français à l'Etranger
  5. Archives de l'Art Français, 1. 360, ii. 376.

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