(1747 Chalon-sur-Saône – 1825 PARIS)

Vivant Denon was born at Chalon-sur-Saône to a family called “de Non”, of the “petite noblesse” or gentry, and until the French Revolution signed himself as “le chevalier de Non”. Like many of the nobility, he revised his surname at the Revolution to lose the “nobiliary particle” “de”. He seems to have consistently avoided using his baptised first name “Dominique”, preferring his middle name “Vivant”, and so is usually known as “Vivant Denon”. He was created “Baron Denon” by Napoleon in August 1812, at the age of 65. (Source: Wikipedia).