Seignemartin, Jean

BORN 16 Apr 1848, Lyon: cours des Chartreux (now: cours Général Giraud), Croix-Rousse - DIED 29 Nov 1875, Algiers
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de Loyasse, 43, rue du Cardinal-Gerlier (10)

Jean Seignemartin was born at the Croix-Rousse quarter of Lyons. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts where he studied under Joseph Guichard, a follower of Delacriox. In 1870 he was enlisted in the army because of the Franco-Prussian war and there he contracted tuberculosis.

After his return he worked on the decoration of Saint-Michel-de-Frigolet abbey. He set up a studio at the rue Victor-Arnaud and he was financially supported by the physician Dr. Tripier and the banker Alphonse Stengelin. In 1874 he went to Algeria for health reasons, returning to Lyon in May, 1875. After five months he left for Algeria again, but he died there on 29 November.

He body was sent to Lyons where it was buried at the Loyasse cemetery. Following a public subscription Étienne Pagny made a bust for his grave but this was stolen in later years.


The grave of Jean Seignemartin at the Loyasse cimetière, Lyon.
Picture by Androom (03 Dec 2007)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003
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Published: 04 Jul 2008
Last update: 16 May 2020