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 the article "BASAN, Pierre Francois" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
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