(b Paris, 23 Oct 1723; d ?Paris, 12 Jan 1797).
French engraver, print-seller and dealer. His father was
Claude-Pierre Basan, a wine merchant in Paris. Pierre-François
received his first lessons in drawing and engraving from his cousin
Etienne Fessard (1714–77); he then studied under Jean Daullé. From
1747 he worked for the print-seller Michel Odieuvre (1687–1756), for
whom he engraved 58 portraits. Between 1750 and 1754 he contributed
to the engraving of the paintings in the Saxon royal collection in
Dresden (Galerie royale de Dresde, 1753–7) and in the collection of
Heinrich, Graf von Brühl (Galerie ... [du] Comte de Brühl, 1754). He
also engraved 14 illustrations for the Histoire naturelle of
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1749–67; Paris, Bib. N. cat.
Adam and Eve
Mercury Teaching Cupid , 1750s
Venus Giving Cupid to Drink Nectar
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