Tags: Painting, Italy, place: Mons
Painter Giuseppe Grisoni was born at the Walloon city of Mons on 24 October 1699 to Italian parents. He studied in Florence and Rome, and came to England with Catholic antiquary and art collector John Talman (son of architect and garden designer William Talman) in 1715. He worked for him as a draughtsman. Grisoni developed as a portraitist and history painter, decorating a ceiling at Cannons (Little Stanmore) for James Brydges, Duke of Chandos. He returned to Italy in 1728, taking with him William Hoare as his pupil. Hoare returned to England ten years later and moved to Bath, becoming the first fashionable portraitist to settle in that town. Grisoni himself worked successfully in Florence and subsequently in Rome, where he died in 1769, as a sculptor and history painter.