HOUDON, Jean-Antoine
(b. 1741, Versailles, d. 1828, Paris)

Antoine Louis Le Fèvre de Caumartin

Musée Jaquemart-André, Paris

Antoine Louis Le Fèvre de Caumartin, marquis de Saint-Ange (1725-1803) was the impecunious heir to an old family of magistrates and royal administrators. He had a distinguished career under the ancien régime. He was intendant at Metz for two years and in Flanders and Artois for twenty-two years. In 1778, Louis XVI had him elected the mayor of Paris, which he retained until 1784. While in office, Caumartin sponsored an urbanization project that led to the creation of a housing district between the old church of Madeleine and the Chassée d'Antin, where today a street bears his name.

A portrait of his wife was painted by Jean-Marc Nattier.

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