Soult, Duke of Dalmatia, Nicolas Jean de Dieu, Marshal
French, 1769 - 1851
Dalmatia Nicolas J. de Dieu Soult, Duke of
French soldier and Duke of Dalmatia, Soult formed a large collection of Spanish pictures, mainly through looting during the French campaign in Spain from 1808. Soult's collection was assembled in Paris, and in 1823 he began negotiations with William Buchanan for the sale of the pictures to English collectors. Buchanan arranged an exhibition of paintings from Soult's gallery in London in 1840. A sale of Soult's collection took place in Paris, after his death, in May 1852. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]
Brigstocke, Hugh. William Buchanan and the 19th Century Art Trade: 100 Letters to His Agents in London and Italy. New Haven, 1982: 474.