(b Lille, 22 Jan. 1762; d Rome, 27 Feb. 1834). French painter, draughtsman, and collector, active in Italy for most of his career. A pupil of J.-L. David, he was a fairly successful painter of portraits and history paintings in his master's style, but he is now best remembered as a leading collector of Old Master drawings. He sold some of the best of these to Sir Thomas Lawrence, through the dealer Samuel Woodburn (1780–1853), but he bequeathed about 1,300 (together with paintings and engravings) to his native city of Lille, where they now form part of the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.