Antoine de Favray

Chevalier Antoine de Favray (8 September 1706, Bagnolet – 9 February 1798, Malta) was a French painter noted for his portraits of personalities of the Ottoman Empire, as well as paintings of Grand Masters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[1]

Antoine de Favray
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Antoine Favray, Self-portrait
Born8 September 1706
Bagnolet, France
Died9 February 1798

Life and careerEdit

In 1762, Antoine de Favray moved to Constantinople, where he spent nine years. He painted numerous genre scenes of the everyday life in Turkey under Louis XVI, and he also depicted locals and foreign dignitaries. Especially notable are a portrait of French ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes (1717-1787), who was living in Constantinople between 1754 and 1768, and a portrait of Gravier's wife Annette Duvivier de Testa (1730-1798). She had previously been married to Testa, a merchand and member of a prominent Genoese family who settled in Pera for several centuries. Favray portrayed both the ambassador and his wife in rich Turkish dress.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Rough Guide to Malta & Gozo by Victor Paul Borg, p.132
  2. ^ "A Visual Study of Thomas Hope". Thomas Hope. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.