He was born in Paris, where he studied engraving under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas before moving to London in 1750, where he founded a school of line engraving and is credited with the revival of engraving in England. He died in London. Some of his work remains on display at the National Portrait Gallery as well as at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
He is known to have engraved a portrait of Joshua Reynolds but primarily committed the works of other artists into engraved form.
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