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"PIERRE DE NOLHAC (1859-), French scholar and author, was born at Ambert, Puy-de-Dome, Dec. 15 1859. He was educated at the lycees of Puy and Rodez, and afterwards studied at Clermont and in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes at Paris. He entered the Bibliotheque Nationale in 1885, became professor of philology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in 1886, and was in 1892 made curator of the palace of Versailles, becoming hon. curator on resigning this post in 1921. He produced a series of works dealing with its history and associations, of which the chief are National de Versailles (with A. Perate, 1896); Le Château de Versailles sous Louis XV. (1898); Les Jardins de Versailles (1905); Histoire du Château de Versailles (1911); Le Trianon de Marie Antoinette (1914) and Madame de Pompadour et des Arts (1920). His other works, which deal with a great variety of subjects, include Le Dernier Amour de Ronsard (1882); Lettres de Joachim du Bellay (1883); Erasme en Italic (1888); Petrarque et l'Humanisme (1892; new edition 1907); besides several volumes of poems, and works on Nattier, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Boucher, and Madame Vigee-Le Brun. He was made an officer of the Legion of Honour.

See P. Bouchaud, Pierre de Nolhac et ses travaux (1896).

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