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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: Miniatures: Andre Joseph Villard

David Boudon

(born Geneva, Switzerland 1748 -- died 1816 )

David Boudon apprenticed to a copperplate engraver in Geneva. He immigrated to the United States in 1794, and traveled extensively along the eastern seaboard painting miniatures. His journey included stops in Charleston, Savannah, Philadelphia, Alexandria, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Boudon charged six dollars for a watercolor silhouette, a substantial sum at that time for such an effort.