Louis Peter Boitard

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Louis Peter Boitard[1] (fl. 1750) was a French engraver and designer, who worked in London.


He was born in France, and was a pupil of Raymond Lafage. His father François Boitard brought him to England. The date of his death is unknown, being stated by some authorities as 1758, by others as after 1760.[2]


He made engravings after Canaletto, Christophe Huet, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, and others. One of his best-known plates represents the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, after Pannini. In 1747 he supplied forty-one large plates for Joseph Spence's Polymetis. He engraved the illustrations to John Gilbert Cooper's Life of Socrates (1749), Robert Paltock's The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man (1750), and Richard Owen Cambridge's Scribleriad (1751).[2]

The Sailor's Return, 1744.

He executed many vignettes, designs, and portraits, among those one of Elizabeth Canning; and he is said to have been a humorist and a member of the Artists' Club.[2]


His wife was English; and he had a son of the same name and profession.[2]


  1. ^ Also given as Louis Philippe Boitard, Tate Gallery[permanent dead link].
  2. ^ a b c d Dobson 1886.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainDobson, Henry Austin (1886). "Boitard, Louis Peter". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


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