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Lizinka-Aimée-Zoé de Mirbel (1796 - 1849)
  • Place of Birth: Cherbourg, France
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Biography
Works of Art

Lizinka-Aimée-Zoé Rue was a pupil of the celebrated miniaturist Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin (1759-1832). In 1818 she made her name by painting without sittings a miniature portrait of Louis XVIII. The following year she was given a commission to paint an official portrait of the king (probably M282 in the Wallace Collection).

In 1824 she married the botanist Charles-François Brisseau de Mirbel (1776-1854) and thereafter she worked under her maiden name. She became perhaps the most fashionable miniature portrait painter of her time, patronised by, among others, Charles X and Ferdinand-Philippe, duc d'Orléans. She had many pupils.