Abbé de Saint-Non

París, 1727

Abbé de Saint-Non

Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non (1727 – 25 November 1791) was a French painter and engraver. He was born and died in Paris.

His family estate, from which he derives his full title, is the Château de Saint-Nom. It is located in the village of Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche in Yvelines, France. The land was purchased by his father, Jean-Pierre Richard (died 1747), a wealthy French lord.

Richard, who had an interest in printmaking, travelled to Rome in 1759 where he met and befriended French artists Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Hubert Robert, both of whom were studying at the French Academy in Rome.

Richard made numerous prints of both Fragonard’s and Robert’s work, including Robert’s Vue prise dans les jardins de Villa Mattei aux environs de Rome (View of the Gardens at the Villa Mattei) in 1761.

Fragonard later painted a portrait of Jean-Claude Richard, abbé de Saint-Non.

Here you can see the artist's works that are part of the collection.