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Monnoyer was born in Lille and studied history painting in Antwerp. He had arrived in Paris by 1650 when he was employed on the decoration of the Hôtel Lambert on the Ile Saint-Louis, one of the grandest projects of the day that attracted many of France’s leading painters. He collaborated widely, with Charles Le Brun on the Grand Trianon at Versailles and later with Hyacinthe Rigaud and Philippe de Champaigne, the latter of whom he joined in the Queen’s apartment at the château de Vincennes, painting garlands of flowers on the ceilings. In 1690 he was summoned to England by Ralph Montagu, later 1st Duke of Montagu, decorating several rooms and the staircase at Montagu House. His skill was as admired by English aristocrats as it was by the French, and he was employed at Burlington House by Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, at Kensington Palace by Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, and elsewhere.
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