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17th century engraving by Perelle of bucolic scene, published Drevet

Engraving by Gabriel Perelle (1604-1677) of a bucolic landscape, castle ruins by a river, bridge over river, fisherman in boat. Published by P. Drevet (Paris)

Perelle Invent et fecit (drawn and engraved by Perelle)
P. Drevet avec Privilege
 

Rust spots left side. Some paper creasing top and lower border. Light diagonal creases

21 x 29 cm sheet
10.5 x 15 cm engraving

 

Gabriel Perelle (born 1604 in Vernon, Eure, died 1677 in Paris) was a French draftsman and printmaker of topographic views and landscapes.

A pupil of Simon Vouet, Perelle specialized in classical landscapes not dissimilar to those of Francisque Millet, although more obviously decorative. He founded an etching workshop, and his sons Nicolas and Adam assisted him.

The Drevet Family were leading portrait engravers of France for over a hundred years. Their fame began with Pierre, and was sustained by his son, Pierre-Imbert, and by his nephew, Claude.

 

Pierre Drevet, the Elder (1663–1738) was the son of Estienne Drevet, and began his studies with Germain Audran in Lyons, continuing them with Gérard Audran in Paris. His progress was rapid, and in 1696 he was made court engraver. In 1707 he was admitted to membership in the Académie des Beaux-Arts, his reception picture being an engraving of Robert de Cotte.

 

Pierre-Imbert Drevet (1697 – 1739), called the Younger Pierre. His father, the elder Drevet, instructed him, and he was engraving at the age of thirteen. At first he engraved after Charles Lebrun, but he soon developed a style of his own. He was his father's constant companion.


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