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French, 18th century, male.

Born 9 May 1695, in Orléans; died 11 June 1772, in Paris.

Painter, engraver, designer of ornamental architectural features, print dealer.

There is much confusion about the biography and whereabouts of the Huquiers, apparently because of mistakes in earlier works about Gabriel and Jacques Gabriel. Le Blanc swaps their first names around, giving the father the names of the son. Bryan's Dictionary states that Gabriel died in London, yet there is a certificate of burial drawn up in the parish of St-Benoît for the 30 June 1772 to prove the opposite. His alleged flight to England following the publication of a pamphlet attacking the Jesuits and subsequently pinned on him has not been verified and fits better with what we know of Jacques Gabriel. Because of their place in the history of French engraving, it is a matter of no small importance to get as clear a view as possible of these artists....

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French, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1600, in Rouen; died 11 August 1668, in Paris.

Painter, engraver (burin), print dealer. Portraits.

Paris School.

Balthasar Moncornet lived mainly in Paris, in the St-Marcel area, in the Rue des Gobelins. After his death, his wife continued the engraving business and lived in Rue St-Jacques, opposite St-Yves. He was the father of Jean Moncornet, who also continued in his trade. His output was considerable, comprising examples of all genres. His portraits, particularly, reveal confident lines and a characteristic style. See also entry under Thomas Balthazar Moncornet....

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French, 18th century, male.

Born in Paris.

Draughtsman, engraver, print dealer.

The son of François de Poilly the Younger and grandson of Nicolas the Elder, Antoine de Poilly is mentioned on his father's death certificate.

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French, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 3 May 1671, in Paris; died 1723, buried the 17 April in Paris, in the parish of St-Benoît.

Draughtsman, engraver, print dealer.

François de Poilly II was the son of François de Poilly I and probably his pupil. Bellier and Auvray's dictionary confuses him with his father. His death certificate mentions his brothers: Charles de Poilly, an advocate in the parlement and Inspector General of Estates; Jean-Baptiste de Poilly, engraver and seller of line-engravings, and Nicolas de Poilly, a citizen of Paris. François II made engravings after Domenichino....

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French, 17th – 18th century, male.

Baptised the 8 May 1671 in Paris; died 1741, buried the 9 December in Paris.

Draughtsman, engraver, print dealer.

François de Poilly III was the youngest son of Nicolas de Poilly the Elder, and he was his pupil. He visited Italy with his cousin Jean-Baptiste de Poilly. While in Rome, he produced an important engraving after Zampierri showing ...

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French, 17th – 18th century, male.

Active in Paris in 1669.

Died 29 April 1728, in Paris.

Draughtsman, engraver, print dealer.

Most biographers have recorded Jean-Baptiste de Poilly as the son of Nicolas de Poilly, but the documents that survive do not support this. The mistake probably originated with Basan and has been repeated by all those later writers who used this source. In reality, Jean-Baptiste was the son of François the Elder, although the confusion is made more understandable by the fact that both François and Nicolas had sons born in ...

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French, 17th century, male.

Born 1626, in Abbeville; died 1696, buried 3 March in Paris.

Draughtsman, print dealer. Religious subjects, portraits.

Nicolas de Poilly the Elder was the younger brother and pupil of François de Poilly the Elder whose style he imitated. He specialised particularly in portrait engravings and religious subjects, often after French masters. He married Geneviève de Ribancourt, the couple having a large number of children. His death certificate mentions his surviving sons: Charles, Jean, François, Jacques, André and Pierre....

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Parisc.1650.

Draughtsman, engraver (etching), print dealer. Religious subjects.

Little is known about Rabasse. He made an engraving representing The Rest on the Flight into Egypt which featured in the exhibition mounted in 2002 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy entitled ...

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Flemish School, 16th century, male.

Active also in Germany and England.

Born 1550, in Brussels; died August 1600, in Venice.

Draughtsman, engraver (burin), print dealer.

Jean Sadeler I's father was an inlaid metal worker and Jean was trained for this profession. However, he devoted himself at an early age to the study of the human figure. When he was about 20 he began to engrave on copper and in 1572 he was admitted as a master to the guild of St Luke. It has been said that he travelled in Germany and worked in Cologne from 1580 to 1587. The facts, or at least the dates, may not be correct, because according the guild archives, Gillis Sadeler was a pupil of his in 1585. In 1587 he is referred to in Frankfurt, and in 1589 in Munich, where Duke William II of Bavaria granted him a pension of 200 gold florins. He went to Rome in 1593 or 1595, and finally to Venice. During these travels he engraved a large number of plates and his overall output was considerable....