Guimet, Émile Étienne

INDUSTRIALIST, COLLECTOR (FRANCE)
BORN 2 Jun 1836, Lyon - DIED 12 Oct 1918, Fleurieu-sur-Saône
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de Loyasse (9)

Émile Guimet was the son of an industrialist who produced artificial colours in his factory. His mother was a painter and during his younger years he practised painting and scupture. In 1860 he took part in his father's business and from 1867 until his death he presided over Pechiney.

Next to his business career he was an active traveller ans collector. He visited Egypt (1865-1866) and toured around the world (1876-1877), visiting the World Exhibition in Philadelphia. He also went to Japan. He had collected a huge amount of objects during his travels and he opened a Guimet musuem in Lyon in 1879. After he handed over his collection to the state the museum was transferred to Paris, where it opened in 1885. The museum still exists.

Sources
Émile Guimet — Wikipédia
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003

Images

The mausoleum of Émile Guimet at the Loyasse cimetière, Lyon.
Picture by Androom (03 Dec 2007)

 


Guislain, Jozef

Published: 15 Jun 2008
Last update: 15 Jun 2008