François Boitard

draftsman, print artist
French, North Netherlandish
Toulouse 1667
ca. 1667, presumably in Toulouse
Amsterdam 1719/1729
in or after 1719, in Amsterdam or in England
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father of Louis-Philippe Boitard
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  • Toulouse 1683 - 1684
    probably, as a pupil of Raymond Lafage
  • Rome 1685 - 1690
    in the late 1680s
  • Londen (Engeland) 1709
    In 1709 he lived in London, where he illustrated the first published collected works by Shakespeare of Jacob Tonson, Beaumont and Fletcher (1711), Medulla Historiae Anglicanae by William Howell (ed JJ and P. Knapton, 1712) and The History of Joseph by William Rose (ed. James Knapton, 1712). He traveled to Holland several times to acquire art for dr. Richard Mead. An inscription in an album with drawings (Christie's London, Dec. 8, 1981, Lot 117) suggests that B. has been unsuccessful in London: '... pour le pauvre art des desines son et de Crever de Faim à Londres Libera me Dominé'.
  • Amsterdam 1710 - 1719
    Probably settled 1710 in Amsterdam: on 27 Feburary he presented Pieter Schenck with a drawing and a print (Moes). Still in Amsterdam in February and March 1711, when he made a series of studies for a reference book for draftsman (former coll. Ian Fleming-Williams). His last dated work is from 1719, when he was possibly still in Amsterdam. Houbraken however wrote in 1718 that he was 'now in England'.
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
allegory, history (as a genre), Christian religious scene
made drawings for bookillustrations
Creation date: 1991-11-21; Last modified date: 2021-02-12


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