Person record: PONTET, Henry (1833-1902)
|Basic biographical summary of this person
|Full name||Henry Theodore PONTET|
|Alternative names||used pseudonym PICCOLOMINI, M.|
used pseudonym NEMO,
|Relevance of this person||composer of songs used with slide sets |
|Main period of activity||1870s-90s|
|Notes||Pontet was the son of a French emigré to Dublin and his Irish wife, and was baptised twice (as 'Henry' in 1833 and again as 'Théodore Henri' in 1844). He worked as a teacher before beginning to compose songs; he moved from Dublin to London in the 1870s.|
As well as his working pseudonyms, Pontet adopted the surname Pontet-Piccolomini from around the 1880s. He married twice, the second time possibly bigamously. In spite of the considerable commercial success of some of his compositions he died in poverty after a period in a Hanwell Asylum, west London.
Many thanks to Patrick Pontet-Piccolomini for information about the life and career of his great-grandfather.
|18 June 1833||born at||Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland|
|9 March 1902||68||died at||Hanwell, London W, England|
|Texts linked to this person||Songs (6)|
Henry Pontet, Another day (n.d.)
‘ Nemo’ and Henry Pontet (arr. Alfred Caldicott), The broken pitcher (London: W. Morley & Co., 1890)
K. Summers and Henry Pontet, Five o'clock tea (London: Enoch & Sons, 1883)
H.L. D'Arcy Jaxone and Henry Pontet, The last milestone (London: W. Marshall & Co., 1884)
Juba Kennerley and Henry Pontet, The last muster (London: Ashdown & Co., 1884)
‘ Nemo’ and Henry Pontet, Tit for tat (London: Enoch & Sons, 1880)
|Lucerna ID no. 6001508||Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 October 2016|
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