Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, (1713-1796)  the French Writer
Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, (1713-1796)  the French Writer

Attributed to JEAN-LAURENT MOSNIER (1743-1808)

Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, (1713-1796) the French Writer

c. 1790 France

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Guillaume-Thomas was educated at the Jesuit school of Pézenas, and received priest's orders, but he was dismissed for unexplained reasons from the parish of Saint-Sulpice, Paris. He became a writer and journalist, leaving the religious order for life.The Abbé Raynal wrote for the Mercure de France, and compiled a series of popular but superficial works, which he published and sold himself. These-L'Histoire du stathoudérat (The Hague, 1748), L'Histoire du parlement d'Angleterre (London, 1748), Anecdotes historiques (Amsterdam, 3 vols., 1753)-gained for him access to the salons of Mme. Geoffrin, Helvétius, and the Baron d'Holbach.

Raynal went into exile, to Spa, and then to Berlin, where he was coolly received by Frederick the Great, in spite of his connection with the philosophe party.

At St. Petersburg he met with a more cordial reception from Catherine II, and in 1787 he was permitted to return to France, though not to Paris. He showed generosity in assigning a considerable income to be divided annually among the peasant proprietors of upper Guienne. He was elected by Marseilles to the States-general, but refused to sit on the score of age.
Some holes in the rectangular wooden frame
Diameter 5.70 cm (2.24 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
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