CFHS code : AS183
Parish : All Saints
Inscription : Dieu lui fasse paix Monsieur [cross mounted on steps] JEAN GUILLAUME ROBERT RENE VENUA an accomplished musician born in Paris 1787 departed this life 4 December 1868 aged 81
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Headstone with rounded top, grave located in the parish area of All Saints, close to the central path north of the centre circle, near the path leading westwards. The inscription is unusual in being bilingual: part-French, part-English. It is also in a mixture of Gothic, Roman and Italic script. Beneath the first line is engraved a cross with three steps on either side.
‘Dieu lui fasse paix [God grant him peace]
Monsieur Jean Guillaume Robert René Venua
an accomplished musician
born in Paris 1787
departed this life 4 December 1868 aged 81’
“I know that my Redeemer liveth”
Robert Venua (1787-1868)
Robert was a professional violinist, once dubbed the ‘Paganini of Cambridge’ (William Glover), Robert Venua was born in Paris in 1787 but came to Cambridge in 1807, where he spent the remainder of his life, living on Jesus Lane, playing in concerts both as concerto soloist and as orchestral leader, and running a dancing academy near his home. It is alleged that in his early life he had known the great composer Haydn personally, was acquainted with the virtuoso violinist Nicolò Paganini, and worked with many other celebrated musicians.