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Bellicard, Jérôme-Charles

Alden R. Gordon

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T007633

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(b Paris, Feb 23, 1726; d Paris, Feb 27, 1786).

French engraver and writer. He won the Prix de Rome in architecture in 1747 and, under the sponsorship of the Abbé Ulrich-Frédéric de Lowendal (1694–1754), departed from Paris late in 1748 to take his place as a scholar at the Académie de France in Rome, where he became actively involved with the antiquarian movement. In 1750 he contributed views of Rome to Ridolfino Venuti’s guidebook Roma and also collaborated with Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Jean-Laurent Legeay and Philotée-François Duflos (?1710–46) on producing etchings for Piranesi’s Varie vedute di Roma antica e moderna. Bellicard was chosen as travelling companion to Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, Marquis de Marigny, in 1750–51, replacing Jacques-Germain Soufflot who had become ill and returned to Lyon to convalesce. Collaborating with Charles-Nicolas Cochin II, another of Marigny’s companions, Bellicard wrote the Observations sur les antiquités de la ville d’Herculanum, which were the first illustrated accounts of the archaeological sites near Naples and were a great success, being published in three English-language editions in London and in three French editions in Paris. As Directeur-Général des Bâtiments, ...

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