When he was only twenty-six years old, portrait and genre painter Ferdinand Victor Leon Roybet won great acclaim from the sale of his Salon submission to Princess Mathilde Bonaparte. From that point forward the artist's reputation was solidified and he continued through a prosperous and successful career.
Roybet had trained as a print maker in Lyon, and next moved on to Paris as a student of Jean Vibert at the Beaux-Arts Academie. His Salon debut came in 1865, with two watercolors accepted by the jury. The following year he made his fortuitous sale to Princess Mathilde and from that point forward was able to specialize in small, historical, costume paintings and portraits, as well as his immensely popular "musketeer" paintings.
His highly detailed paintings are done in the style of the classic French school, but Roybet added the charm of costuming subjects from earlier centuries and depicting such images as elegant and handsome gentlemen in historic settings.
In 1871 he travelled to Holland to study the Dutch masters, copying the works of Rembrandt and Hals, and further refining his own techniques. During the next twenty years he would continue to win medals and awards, be appointed a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur and continue to make sales to major museums and world figures.
Today his works are in collections in France, Russia, the United States, Germany, Poland, Italy and many other countries.