Antoine Pesne

Antoine Pesne was a French-born court painter of Prussia. Starting in the manner of baroque, he became one of the fathers of rococo in painting, his work represents a link between the Frederican rococo style. Born in Paris, Pesne first studied art under his uncle. From 1704 to 1710 he received a stipend for advanced training at the Académie Royale in Italy. In 1710, Pesne was called to Berlin by King Frederick I of Prussia; the king had seen and liked a painting of a German nobleman Pesne had completed in Venice and wanted Pesne to complete a study of himself. Upon the death of the king in 1713, Pesne worked in the courts of Dresden and Dessau, visited London and Paris, where he was made a full member of the Academie Royale in 1720. While there, he painted the a portrait of a well-known collector Pierre-Jean Mariette in 1723. Mariette had extensive international connections with other artists and with patrons. In 1734, Frederick having been reinstated as crown prince in 1731 by his father, Frederick William I, took up residence in Rheinsberg.

Frederick William himself had little use for art for its own sake. He did, appoint Pesne as director of the Berlin Academy of the Arts in 1722. At that point, Pesne became famous for his portraits of the Prussian royal family and their households. Among his most famous is his portrait of The Soldier King. Many of his portraits hang in Charlottenburg Palace; these include his portraits of the first two kings of Prussia, Frederich I and Frederick William I, members of the royal family, of lady-in-waiting Eleonore von Schlieben. In St. Agnus Church in Köthen, where J. S. Bach was music director, there is a portrait of the donor Gisela Agnes, Princess of Anhalt-Köthen, painted by Pesne in 1713; the ceiling paintings in Charlottenburg and Sanssouci Palaces are at least his work. In 1746 Pesne received from king Frederick II property and construction material to erect a house at Oberwallstraße 3 in Berlin, where he lived until his death in 1757, his grave is preserved in the Protestant Friedhof I der Jerusalems- und Neuen Kirchengemeinde in Berlin-Kreuzberg, south of Hallesches Tor.

Pesne used a style similar to that made famous in France during the reign of Louis XIV, although his use of colors was softer and his touch more "painterly." His "View of Rheinsberg" demonstrates the engagement of people with nature, a theme popular at the time. Most of his decorative work at Rheinsberg and in Berlin and Potsdam at Sanssoucci, included myhtiological and allegorical scenes, such as the ceiling in the audience room at Sanssouci: Zephyr Crowns Flora; the presence of such artists as Pesne throughout the capitals of Europe guaranteed the expansion of French influence into all the arts. The information in this article is based on that in its German equivalent

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Re Peveril Gold Mines Ltd

Re Peveril Gold Mines Ltd 1 Ch 122 is a UK insolvency law case concerning liquidation when a company is unable to repay its debts. It held that a member cannot be prevented by a company constitution from bringing a winding up petition, it is, possible for a member to make a shareholder agreement and thus contract out of the right to bring a winding up petition outside of the company. The articles of association of Peveril Gold Mines Ltd said no member should petition for winding up unless two directors had consented or the general meeting had resolved or a petitioner held at least 20% of issued capital. A member asked for winding up without satisfying any of these conditions. Lord Lindley MR held, he said. A member could not be restricted. Chitty LJ and Vaughan Williams LJ concurred. UK insolvency law L Sealy and S Worthington and Materials in Company Law R Goode, Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law