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James Laurent Agasse (1767 – 1849)

James Laurent Agasse was an animal and landscape painter from Switzerland. Born in Geneva, Agasse studied in the public art school of that city.

Before he turned twenty he went to Paris to study in veterinary school to make himself fully acquainted with the anatomy of horses and other animals. He seems to have subsequently returned to Switzerland. In the catalogues his name is given as J.L. Agasse or Agassé. The number of times Agassé changed his address confirms Redgrave’s assertion that “he lived poor and died poor”. The writer of the panegyric already quoted says, however, that he did not work for money, but that
he was urged forward by the resistless force of natural genius.