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Gatteaux family

Mark Jones

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T030977

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French family of medallists.

(b Paris, Aug 2, 1751; d Paris, June 24, 1832).

He was the son of a locksmith and trained as a gem-engraver under Delorme and de Gros before obtaining a position at the Paris Mint in 1773. Among his early medals were those for the School of Medicine and Surgery (1774), the Death of Louis XV (1775) and the Coronation of Louis XVI (1776). In 1781 he was made Médailleur du Roi and engraved a medal for the Birth of the Dauphin. He contributed three medals to the series commemorating the American Revolution—Horatio Gates, Anthony Wayne and John Stewart—and during the same period executed portraits of Jean-Frédéric, Comte de Maurepas (1781), Jean le Rond d’Alembert (1785) and Joseph-Jérôme le François de Lalande (1787). His Abandonment of Privileges (1789) was the first of a number of medals produced during the French Revolution, and his portrait of ...

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