(d. 1782). French sculptor, architect, and decorator active in Portugal. After bankruptcy in 1748 he left Paris for Portugal. There he was instrumental in introducing French styles in the royal palaces, which were being transformed with the money from taxes on the colonial wealth of Brazil. He is particularly associated with the palace of Queluz in Estremadura, where between 1758 and 1770 he remodelled interiors, exterior, and gardens in the manner of the châteaux of Versailles and Marly.
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.