Louis-Jacques Cathelin

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Alexis Clairaut, engraving by Charles-Nicolas Cochin and Cathelin, ca. 1770.

Louis-Jacques Cathelin (1738–1804) was a French engraver.


Cathelin was born in Paris in 1738. He was one of the best pupils of Le Bas. He engraved some excellent small portraits of historical personages, literary men, and artists; and, although his work was singularly unequal, he may be classed with Le Mire, Ficquet, Gaucher, and other engravers of the 18th century, who were distinguished by the skill and delicacy of their work. He was received into the Academy in 1777, on which occasion he executed the portrait of the Abbé Terray, after Roslin. Cathelin died at Paris in 1804.[1]


Among his best works are the following:[1]


Various subjects[edit]

  • La Nouvelle Affligeante; after P. A . Wille.
  • The Death of Lucretia; after Pellegrini.
  • Latona revenged; after Lauri; begun by Balechou, and finished by Cathelin.
  • Erigone; after Monsiau.
  • A Waterfall, with Fishermen; after J. Vernet.
  • The Four Hours of the Day; after the same.