The brothers Chéreau were one of the most prolific print publishers active in Paris. François Chéreau was born in 1680 in Blois; it is unknown when he settled in Paris. He was student of Gérard Audran and Pierre Drevet. In 1718 he acquired the stock of copperplates and prints of his tutor Gérard Audran. He was a very talented engraver. After his death in 1729 the copperplates were sold by his widow. His brother Jacques “le jeune” (1688-1776) was also engraver and publisher and worked for one year in England. He was well known as engraver of portraits.
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