Camille Groult was a collector and heir to a flour-milling family.
His early taste for eighteenth century pastels and drawings was superceded around 1890 by an enthusiasm for works by eighteenth and early nineteenth century English artists that was unusual in late nineteenth century France. Along with works by François Boucher, Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, he acquired important works by George Romney, Thomas Gainsborough, John Hoppner, Turner, Thomas Lawrence and Joshua Reynolds. Works from the collection such as Conversation in a Park (ca 1740) by Gainsborough are now in the Louvre, Paris.
Loire, S., 'Camille Groult,' Grove Dictionary of Art Online, http://www.groveart.com (accessed 18 August 2004).