Benoît-Louis Prévost

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Benoît-Louis Prévost
Encyclopedie frontispice full.jpg
Frontispiece of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie
Born1735 or 1747[1][2]
Paris[1][2]
Died1804[1][2]
NationalityFrench

Benoît-Louis Prévost (Paris, 1735 or 1747[1][2] – 1804) was a French engraver.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

A student of Jean Ouvrier, Prévost was a skilled craftsman, much more so than his master. He engraved more than sixty of Charles Nicolas Cochin's drawings with great fidelity and precision. The most well-known of his works is the 1765 frontispiece of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (often known just as the "Encyclopédie"), edited by Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, depicting "la Raison et la Philosophie arrachant son voile à la Vérité rayonnante de lumière" ("Reason and Philosophy catching the [sun]beams of Truth"), engraved from Cochin's drawing of 1764.

Works[edit]

Other famous works include Allégorie à l’honneur de Louis-Auguste, dauphin de France, Suite de douze sujets ("Suite of twelve subjects"), Allégories pour l’édition in-4° de l’abrégé chronologique de l’histoire de France du président Hénault. He made portraits of Louis XV of France, Marie Antoinette, Armand Thomas Hue de Miromesnil, Louis XVI of France, and two of the Conquêtes de l’Empereur de Chine ("Conquests of the Chinese Emperor"), all from works by Cochin. From works by Jean-Michel Moreau he engraved a portrait of Joseph Ignace Guillotin and a portrait entitled Voltaire marchant dans son jardin ("Voltaire working in his garden").

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Union List of Names Online". getty.edu. The Getty. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Virtual Internet Authority File". viaf.org. VIAF. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  • Joubert, François Étienne (1821). Manuel de l’amateur d’estampes [Stamp-lovers' manual] (in French). Paris: L’auteur.
  • Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker [German Artists' Dictionary: The Visual Arts of All Times and People] (in German). München: K.G. Saur. 1992–2006.
  • Bryan, Michael, ed. (1816). A biographical and critical dictionary of painters and engravers. London: Carpenter and Son.
  • "Benoît-Louis Prévost". www.culture.gouv.fr (in French). Base Joconde. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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