David, Charlotte

BORN 29 Nov 1764, Paris - DIED 9 May 1826, Paris
BIRTH NAME Pécoul, Marguerite Charlotte
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (Division 56, avenue latérale du Nord, ligne 1 (Moiroux: W15))

Marguerite Charlotte Pécoul, known as Charlotte David, was the daughter of the Charles-Pierre Pécoul (d.1794), who was superintendent of Royal buildings. Her mother was Marie Louise l'Alouette. She married the painter Jacques Louis David, who was twice her age, on 16 May 1782. As a dowry, her father settled a large income on her and this allowed David to set up a studio in the Louvre. They had four children. Sons were born in 1783 an 1784 and twin daughters in 1786.

She disapproved of David joining the revolution of 1789 and left him in 1790. She lived in a convent for a while. After David voted for the death of Louis XVI during the Reign of Terror she divorced him on 16 March 1794. But when he was imprisoned in both 1794 and 1795 she returned to him and they remarried on 12 November 1796. When David went into exile after the fall of Napoleon she joined him in Brussels. When he died in 1825 she tried to bury him in Paris but this was refused and he was buried in Brussels. She returned to Paris herself, died the next year and was buried at Père Lachaise. Later her children were buried with her.

• Husband: David, Jacques-Louis (1782-1825)


The grave of Jacques-Louis David at Père Lachaise, Paris. His heart is buried here and his body was buried in Brussels.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


Marguerite Charlotte Pécoul - Wikipedia

David, Félicien

Published: 24 May 2022
Last update: 24 May 2022