(b Paris, 17 Mar. 1686; d Beauvais, 30 Apr. 1755). French painter, tapestry designer, and illustrator. He was a pupil of Largillière and painted some portraits, but he is renowned chiefly as one of the outstanding animal painters of the 18th century. With Desportes he was his period's foremost exponent of hunting scenes and still lifes with dead game. Some of his best work was done as a tapestry designer, and he was head of the Beauvais and Gobelins factories from 1734 and 1748 respectively.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)