Henri Cernuschi

Banker, Author

1821 – 1896


Who was Henri Cernuschi?

Henri Cernuschi, was a major French banker, economist and Asian art collector, who started off as an Italian politician in 1848-1850.

He was born of wealthy parents at Milan, and was destined for the legal profession. During his studies he became involved in the revolutionary movement. He played a conspicuous part in the insurrection at Milan in 1848, and also at Rome in 1849, where he had a seat in the National Assembly. On the collapse of the revolutionary government he was arrested, but managed to escape to France, where he engaged in commerce and banking, became naturalized, and acquired a large fortune. He took a prominent part in opposing the Socialist movement, and in April 1870, having subscribed a large sum to the funds of a committee formed to combat the Napoleonic plebiscite, had to leave the country.

In September the formation of the Third Republic enabled Cernuschi to return, but he soon left Paris to travel in the Far East. He returned with a fine art collection that he would constantly expand upon for the remainder of his life.

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Feb 19, 1821
  • France
Lived in
  • Milan
May 12, 1896

on July 23, 2013


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