Simon François Ravenet

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Vinegar by Simon François Ravenet, Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1761
Ravenet's name on the Burdett Coutts Memorial, Old St Pancras Churchyard, London (midway, some letters missing)

Simon François Ravenet (1706- c.4 April 1764) In Britain usually termed Simon Francis Ravenet, was a French engraver. He was one of William Hogarth's assistants.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Paris,[1] where he studied engraving under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas before moving to London in 1750, where he founded a school of line engraving[2] and is credited with the revival of engraving in England.[3] He died in London. Some of his work remains on display at the National Portrait Gallery[4] as well as at the Cleveland Museum of Art.[5]

His pupils included the engravers John Hall and William Wynne Ryland. His son, Simon Ravenet was also an engraver.

He is known to have engraved a portrait of Joshua Reynolds but primarily committed the works of other artists into engraved form.

Ravenet was buried in Old St. Pancras Churchyard on 6 April 1764.[6] His name is now listed on the Burdett-Coutts Memorial, listing the graves of eminent persons lost over the years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://books.google.com/books?id=rPwEAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA83&dq=simon+francis+ravenet&hl=en&sa=X&ei=s4BTVKXFLofhaKDxgrAN&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=simon%20francis%20ravenet&f=false
  2. ^  "Ravenet, Simon François". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  3. ^ Salaman, Malcolm Charles (1907). The Olde Engravers of England in Their Relation to Contemporary Life and Art. Caseell and Company, limited. p. 181. 
  4. ^ "Simon François Ravenet (1706-1774)". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Simon François Ravenet (French, 1706-1774)". The Cleveland Museum of Art. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  6. ^ The Environs of London: Pancras (1795)