Jean-Jacques Avril

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"Study Wanting to Hold Back Time" by Jean-Jacques Avril. National Art Museum of Azerbaijan, Baku

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.[1]

His prints bear addresses in the Rue de la Huchette and the Rue du Petit Bourbon.[2]


His engravings include:[1]

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b Bryan (1886–9)
  2. ^ "Biographical details Jean Jacques Avril". British Museum. Retrieved 10 July 2012.