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Jean-Jacques Avril, "the elder" (1744–1831), was a French artist and reproductive engraver born in Paris who made about 540 engravings, some of large dimensions. He was a pupil of Johann Georg Wille. He died in Paris in 1831.
His prints bear addresses in the Rue de la Huchette and the Rue du Petit Bourbon.
His engravings include:
- Study Wanting to Hold Back Time; after François-Guillaume Ménageot
- La Vierge au linge; after Raphael.
- Mars going to Battle; after Rubens.
- Mars returning from Battle; after the same.
- A Shepherd and Shepherdess; called the Croc-en-jambe; after the same.
- Apollo with the Seasons, dancing; after Poussin.
- Diana and Actaeon; after Albani.
- Diana and Callisto; after the same.
- Venus revenging herself on Psyche; after De Troy.
- Pygmalion and Galatea; after Marillier.
- St. Genevieve; after C. van Loo.
- Fishermen returning; after Vernet.
- Travellers in a Storm; after the same.
- The Shipwreck; dated 1775; after the same.
- The Double Reoompense of Merit; after P. A. Wille, 1784.
- French Patriotism; after the same. 1788.
- The Taking of Courtrai; after Van der Meulen. 1782.
- The Passage of the Rhine; after Berchem.
- Catherine II on her Travels; after F. de Meys. 1790.
- Ulysses and Penelope; after Le Barbier.
- Combat of the Horatii and Curiatii; after the same. 1787.
- Bryan (1886–9)
- "Biographical details Jean Jacques Avril". British Museum. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
This article incorporates text from the article "AVRIL, Jean Jacques, 'the elder'" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
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