(bapt. Paris, 27 Jan. 1679; d Rome, 26 Jan. 1752). French painter and tapestry designer. His successful career was based initially on large historical and allegorical compositions (Time Unveiling Truth, 1733, NG, London), but he is now most highly regarded for his smaller and more spirited scenes of elegant social life. They are among the best of those that rode on the wave of Watteau's success—indeed The Alarm (1723, V&A, London) was attributed to Watteau in the 19th century.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)