Ancelot, Jean-François

BORN 9 Jan 1794, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime - DIED 7 Sep 1854, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 10)

Jean-François Ancelot was the son of a clerk. He studied in Le Havre and Rouen and was employed at the maritime prefecture of Rochefort in 1813 and at the Ministry of Marine in 1815. In 1816 the Théâtre-Français accepted his play "Warwick" but it was never staged.

In 1818 he married Marguerite Chardon, better known as the author Virginie Ancelot. His play "Louis IX" was a success in 1819 and it earned him a pension from King Louis XVIII. In 1824 he adapted Schiller's "Fiesco" as "Fiesque". In the July Revolution of 1830 he lost his pension and his position as the king´s librarian. In need of income he started writing vaudevilles and light comedies, but his tragedy "Maria Padilla" (1838) earned him a seat in the Académie française in 1841.

In 1849 the goverment sent him to several cities abroad to discuss international copyrights. He succeeded in concluding several treaties. He died in 1854 in Paris.

• Wife: Ancelot, Virginie (1818-1854)


The grave of Jean François Ancelot and Virginie Ancelot at Montparnasse Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (31 Oct 2019)


Wikipedia (FR):

Ancelot, Virginie

Published: 21 Mar 2020
Last update: 21 Mar 2020