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Nanteuil, Robert

the outstanding French portrait engraver of his age, whose achievement resulted in the elevation of engraving from a humble craft to a fine art. He became known by his crayon portraits and was pensioned by Louis XIV and appointed designer and engraver of the cabinet to that monarch. It was mainly because of his influence that the king granted the edict of 1660, which pronounced engraving distinct from the mechanical arts and gave its practitioners the privileges of other artists.

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