Claude Audran the Elder

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Claude Audran the Elder (1597 – 18 November 1675) was a French engraver.

Audran the brother (or, as some say, the cousin) of Charles Audran, was born in Paris. After receiving some instruction from Charles, he moved to Lyons, where he died in 1677. It is uncertain whether or not he visited Rome. His engravings, which are signed either "Claude Audran", or "Cl. Audran", are executed in the manner of Cornelis Cort and F. Villamena. They are mostly portraits and allegories. He left three sons, Germain, Claude the younger, and Gérard.


This article incorporates text from the article "AUDRAN, Claude, 'the eldest,'" 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.