Nicholas Ruyssen Joseph
Nicholas Joseph Ruyssen (b 1757- d 1825 France)
Ruyssen, Already an established painter in France, fled to England at the onset of the French Revolution at the turn of the 19th century. In 1803 his talent of draftsmanship enabled him to achieve success as the drawing master to the Court of George the Third, King of England. In 1814 he moved back to France and purchased the ancient ruins of Antonius at Mont des Cats. He established a school that was to become a Monastery, which became known as the Abbey of Mont des Cats.