Charles-Louis Clérisseau

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.