S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[A French historical painter, born in Paris, 1748; studied in Rome; appointed painter to the king, 1783; member of the Convention, and voted for the kings death; was the friend of Robespierre, and arranged the spectacles of the republic; Napoleon made him his first painter; exiled at the restoration; died at Brussels, 1825.]
When mixing his colors, after witnessing, as anatomical studies, the dying struggles of the victims of the Terror. One cannot then be surprised at the answer he gave Louis XVI., who asked him how soon his portrait would be finished: I will never, for the future, paint the portrait of a tyrant until his head lies before me on the scaffold!