"Metamorphoses"
 Illustrations by Noel Le Mire

(Paris, 1667-71)


 

 



 

Noel  Le Mire

(b Rouen, 20 Nov 1724; d Paris, 20 March 1801).

French engraver. He began his studies at the Ecole de Dessin in Rouen, which opened in 1740. Around 1746 he proceeded to Paris to continue his studies in the studio of Jacques-Philippe Lebas, becoming one of his best students; in 1750 he won the first prize for life drawing. He was admired both for the quality of his work and for his serious character and was made a member of several academies including those of Vienna, Rouen and Lille. He engraved many seascapes after Claude-Joseph Vernet, paintings by David Teniers and a number of portraits. However, he was most important as an engraver of illustrations, and through his certainty of line and the beauty of his printing he contributed to the perfection of the vignette as an art form. He interpreted drawings by Charles Eisen, Charles Nicolas Cochin , Hubert-François Gravelot and Jean-Michel Moreau. Among the more important works on which he collaborated are Boccaccio’s Decameron, after drawings by Gravelot (Paris, 1757–60); Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Paris, 1767–71) and Montesquieu’s Temple de Gnide (Paris, 1772), after drawings by Eisen; and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Oeuvres completes (Paris, 1774), after designs by Moreau.

 
 
 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 
 
 
 

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