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Karl Gustav Klingstedt (1657 - 1734)
  • Place of Birth: Riga, Latvia
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Biography
Works of Art

Born in Riga; after serving in the Swedish army, he transferred in 1677 to the French army. In 1690 he gave up his military career and practised as a miniature painter in Paris. He was known in France as Clinchetet. He specialised in painting small figurative compositions, often of a gallant nature, for snuff-boxes; Cardinal Dubois called him Le Raphael des tabatières (Raphael of the snuffboxes). He died in Paris in poverty.