Basan was born in Paris. He was a pupil of Etienne Fessard and Jean Daullé. He was principally occupied as a printseller, and published a 'Dictionnaire des Graveurs' in 1767. He engraved the following plates:
- The Gothic Songster; after A. Both.
- An Ecce Homo; after Caravaggio.
- Christ breaking the Bread; after Carlo Dolci.
- St. Maurice'; after Luca Giordano.
- Bacchus and Ariadne; after Jordaens.
- Christophe Lemenu de St. Philibert; after Le Fèvre.
- Louis XV, with Diogenes; after Le Moine.
- The Female Gardener; after Frans Mieris.
- The Card-players; after Teniers.
- An Incantation; after the same.
- Carle Vanloo.
- Armand Gaston de Eohan, called the Cardinal de Soubise.
He also executed several copies after the scarce etchings of Rembrandt.
- Michaud, L. G.; Michaud, J. Fr., eds. (1843). "Basan, Pierre-François". Biographie universelle, ancienne et moderne. tome III (nouvelle ed.). Paris: A. T. Desplaces. p. 208.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Basan, Pierre Francois". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
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