Le Blond family [Leblond]
- Kathleen Russo
French family of artists. (1) Jean Le Blond (i) and (2) Jean Le Blond (ii) worked as painters, engravers and print publishers. Much the most important member of the family was the architect and garden designer (3) Alexandre-Jean-Baptiste Le Blond, who designed several hôtels in Paris as well as contributing to various influential books on architecture and garden design. In 1716 he moved to Russia, where he worked for Tsar Peter the Great.
(b Paris, c. 1594; d Paris, ?May 24, 1666).
Painter, engraver and print publisher. He was the eldest son of the print publisher Nicolas Le Blond I (d 1610), and was primarily a painter, described as ‘peintre ordinaire du Roy’ from 1629. None of his paintings is now known. He followed his father in publishing prints and inherited his stock on his death. His earlier publications were popular prints made by rather heavy-handed engravers such as ...