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Thomas Valdenuit

 (1763 - 1846)
Thomas Bludget de Valdenuit was active/lived in United States.  Thomas Valdenuit is known for Engraver and crayon portraitist.

Biography   Thomas Valdenuit

Born in France, Thomas Bludget de Valdenuit came to America in the aftermath of the French Revolution, joining forces with his fellow countryman, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin to create profile portraits with a physiognotrace. Invented in France in 1783-84, the device was designed to mechanically trace a sitter's portrait in profile. The partners offered a package deal: a silhouette portrait executed in black chalk on pink toned paper, a small engraved metal plate, and a dozen engravings. In their partnership, Valdenuit drew the initial likeness, and Saint-Memin produced the plate and prints. The business arrangement ended in September 1797 when Valdenuit returned to France.

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