Jean-Baptiste Tilliard – Father Chappe - Circa 1770

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Jean-Baptiste Tilliard (Paris, 1740-1813) was a French engraver and painter of historical scenes. He was a pupil of Étienne Fessard (1714-1774), engraver to the king. After his studies, he combined engraving with working as an archivist of the Société des Arts Graphiques and as a publisher. He took part in the exhibition at the Colisée in Paris in 1797. A skilful engraver of the works of artists such as Charles Monnet, Jean-Baptiste Le Prince and Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubain, he worked mainly for bookshops and also engraved vignettes.

This original line engraving after Jean-Martial Frédou dates to approximately 1770. Entitled “L’Abbé Chappe”, it represents a portrait of Father Jean Chappe d’Auteroche (1728-1769), a celebrity in his own right, well-travelled from Siberia to California, a man of the cloth and an astronomer. His observations on the transits of Venus have helped to solve the problem of the size of the solar system. A moon crater is named after him.
Source: Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Artist: Jean-Baptiste Tilliard (1740-1813).
Medium: Line engraving.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 10 ¼ x 7 in. (26 x 18 cm.)
Frame: 14 ¼ x 11 in. (36 x 28 cm.). Gilt sculpted wood.
Provenance: France.
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