He came to Portugal in 1828 at his father’s request. The prince was politically supporting King Miguel I, whom he had met in Vienna. Roquemont, as his private secretary, accompanied him during his stay in Portugal and stayed on after his return to Germany.
The north of the country was chosen as the place of residence and Guimarães and Porto were the most important cities in which he lived. The former is linked to the beginning of his stay in Portugal, where he was a guest of the Count of Azenha – a supporter of King Miguel – and spent long periods there. This approach influenced his appointment in 1831 as Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Marine and Commerce, a post he turned down in order to devote himself entirely to painting.
After occasional stays in Lisbon, in 1847 he settled permanently in Porto, where he died in 1852.
Master of Francisco José Rezende and João Correia, he profoundly marked the first generation of romantic painters. Attentive to the realism with which Roquemont treated his portraits and to the novelties introduced into Portuguese painting, through landscape and customs paintings – one of Romanticism’s favourite themes – they allowed themselves to be influenced, contributing to a beneficial teacher training that would bear fruit in the second half of the 19th century. In addition to oil painting, Roquemont also worked in pencil, charcoal and smudge.
Image: Oil on canvas Procissão (Procession) by August Roquemont on display in the long-term exhibition