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 a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Avril, Jean Jacques, 'the elder'". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 64.
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