(b Paris, 10 Oct. 1656; d Paris, 20 Mar. 1746). French painter, mainly of portraits. He spent his youth in Antwerp and from 1675 to 1679 he worked in England, assisting Lely and Verrio. After settling in Paris in 1679 he soon established his position as a leading portraitist, rivalled only by Rigaud, his almost exact contemporary. The two men were friends and seldom in direct competition, for Largillière specialized in portraits of the rich middle classes and Rigaud painted the aristocracy.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)