(b Versailles, 1663; d London. 20 Apr. 1721). French decorative painter, active for almost all his career in England. He was the son of the keeper of the royal menagerie at Versailles and Louis XIV was his godfather. After working for a short time under Charles Le Brun in Paris he moved to England in 1683/4, initially collaborating with Verrio but soon branching out on his own, working mainly in country houses, notably Burghley House, Chatsworth, and Blenheim Palace.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)