Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820): pupil of the architect Germain Boffrand (1667-1754), Charles-Louis Clérisseau won the Prix de Rome in 1751. He used his training as an architect during his trip in Italy, where he drew many ancient monuments; it was then that he made the acquaintance of Robert Adam (1728-1792), founder in England of the return to antiquity, and with whom he made his Grand Tour. Back in France, Clérisseau participated with Etienne de Lavallée in the interior design of the Hotel Grimod de la Reynière. If he was a painter, he did not abandon architecture and gave plans to Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796) for an antique villa (which was never built); the latter then appointed him architect of the Imperial Court of Russia and member of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. Also between 1785 and 1789, Charles-Louis Clérisseau made a model for the Ambassador of the United States in Paris, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), which inspired the latter to build the Virginia State Capitol.