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(b Champigneulle [Champigneulle-en-Argonne], nr. Varennes, 24 Feb. 1661; d Paris, 20 Apr. 1743). French painter, mainly of animal and still-life subjects. In his early career he worked much as a portraitist, notably in 1695–6 at the court of Jan Sobieski (John III) in Poland, but on his return to France he took up subjects related to the hunt, especially pictures of dogs with dead game. He became a leading specialist in his field, rivalled only by Oudry, and his patrons included Louis XIV, Louis XV, and a host of aristocrats (he was also appreciated in England, which he visited in 1712).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)