Person record: PONTET, Henry  (1833-1902)

Basic biographical summary of this person
Full nameHenry Theodore PONTET
Alternative namesused pseudonym PICCOLOMINI, M.
used pseudonym NEMO,
Gendermale
Relevance of this personcomposer of songs used with slide sets 
Main period of activity1870s-90s
NotesPontet 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. 
ChronologyDateAgeEvent/activity
18 June 1833born atDublin, County Dublin, Ireland
9 March 190268died atHanwell, London W, England
Texts linked to this personSongs (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. 6001508Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 October 2016

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