John Monnoyer Baptiste, born at Lisle in 1635, and died 1699, aged 64 years; educated at Antwerp; intended for a painter of history, but, observing that his genius more inclined him to the representation of flowers, he applied his talent to those subjects, and in that style became one of the greatest masters. His flowers have a very remarkable looseness and freedom, as well in the disposition as in penciling, with a tone of coloring almost as lively as nature itself. The disposition of his objects is surpassingly elegant and beautiful, and in that respect his compositions are easily known and distinguished from the works of others. He painted for the Duke of Montague, in conjunction with La Fasse and Rousseau; also, on a looking-glass, a garland of flowers for Mary Second. [P. 25; the words "greatest masters" appear in italics in the catalogue.]
The Visitors' Guide and Catalogue of the Eighth Industrial Exhibition, of the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco, held August, 1871. Compiled and Arranged by Jacob Price. San Francisco: A. Roman & Co., Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers, No. 417 Montgomery Street.