HOW DOES A FRENCHMAN FAIR IN STUTTGART?
Nicolas grew up in Lunéville, the son of French sculptor Barthélemy Guibal. In 1749, he came to Stuttgart, to the court of Württemberg. Here, Duke Carl Eugen recognized the young Frenchman's potential. Among his first tasks was organizing court festivals and designing theater decorations. He increasingly enjoyed the favor of the duke and became his advisor in artistic matters, which is one of the reasons why he went to Rome on the duke's stipend.