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Jacques Chéreau (29 October 1688 in Blois, France – 1 December 1776 in Paris) was a portrait engraver, printmaker and publisher of optical prints in a neighborhood of printmakers at the Rue Saint-Jacques variously given on prints as "au Grand St. Remy," "au Coq," or "au dessus de la Fontaine St. Severin", in Paris, France. Jacques Chéreau was born the son of a carpenter Simon Chéreau & his wife Anne Hardouin, in Blois. Jacques ("le jeune Chéreau") worked for one year in England where vue optique prints were made, then worked with his older brother François Chéreau (1680 Blois- 10 April 1729) who had studied with Pierre Drevet and Gérard Audran. François acquired Audran's plates in 1718 about the same time he was accepted to the Academy.

Jacques married Anne Antoinette Yvart (1688 – 28 September 1722), the daughter of painter Joseph Yvart on 9 February 1722 at St. Hippolyte. After Anne died, Jacques married Marguerite-Geneviève Chiquet (?- 11 May 1773), the daughter of engraver Jacques Chiquet (1673-1721) on 12 January 1724. They had nine children. One of their daughters, Anne Louise, married Jacques (or James) Gabriel Huquier (1730–1805) on 30 November 1758 at Paris. Huquier collaborated with Chéreau for three years, later printing and selling wallpapers and prints. In 1772, Huquier abandoned his family, moved permanently to England, leaving his three daughters in the care of the Chéreau family. Jacques' son Jacques-Simon married Louise-Pierrette Charpentier (?- 7 July 1796), engraver and daughter of engraver Etienne Charpentier in September 1760. Brother François named one of his sons for uncle Jacques.

Jacques Chéreau died of old age and fever at age 88 on 1 December 1776 at the home of his grandson, Jacques-François Chéreau (1742-1794) who continued the printmaking business. Prints from this time are credited to "Jacques Chéreau" without distinction or to "Jacques-François Chéreau." Jacques Chéreau was buried at the Church of St. Benedict (St. Benoit) on 2 December 1776.
GALLERY
Title: "Portrait de Jeanne d'Arragon Reine de Sicile"
(after Raphael)
Circa: 1729
Medium: Original Copper Plate Engraving
Image size: 13.25" x 10.5"
Framed size: 28.5" x 25"
Price: $1,600
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