Jollain (engravers)

Jollain (also spelled Jolin[1] and Iollain[2]) was the name of a family of French engravers and engraving publishers who lived and worked in the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly in Paris.[1][3] Their engravings were often published under the name Chez Jollain (English: House of Jollain).[4] The atelier Jollain was responsible for the first engraving of harpsichord music in France.[5]

Family membersEdit

Gérard Jollain (first mentioned 1660, buried 28 May 1683) was a copper engraver.[3] Bénézit gives his name as Gérard Jolin (or Jollain) and says he resided on the Rue Saint-Jacques in Paris under the shop sign Ville de Cologne and was the father of François-Gérard Jollain (next).[1]

François Jollain (ca. 1641 – 18 April 1704) was a copper engraver.[3] Bénézit gives his name as François-Gérard Jolin (or Jollain) l'ainé (the elder) and says he was a graveur au burin (a burin is a type of engraving tool), primarily of portraits, and the son of Gérard Jolin (previous). "He was cited in February 1697 as a marchand graveur juré, mouleur de bois (sworn merchant engraver, caster of wood)."[1]

Jacques Jollain (first mentioned 1679) was a copper engraver.[3] Bénézit gives his name as Jacques Jolin le jeune (the young) and also describes him as a graveur au burin, who did portraits and resided in Paris during the 17th and 18th centuries.[1]

François-Gérard Jollain (first mentioned 1684, last mentioned 1719) was an engraver.[3]

Gérard Jollain (first mentioned 1704, last mentioned 1719) was a copper engraver.[3]


Collection of copper engravings by Gerard Jollain: Vita et Miracula Christi ex novo testamento.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bénézit 1976, vol. 6, p. 90.
  2. ^ Venard, 1985, p. 30.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Saur 2000, vol. 5, p. 340. Saur cites Thieme and Becker 1907–1950, vol 19, for all members of this family.
  4. ^ Numerous examples may be found in this Google search.
  5. ^ Cypress 2007.


  • Bénézit, E. (1976). Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs (new edition). Paris: Librairie Gründ. ISBN 978-2-7000-0149-5.
  • Cypress, Rebecca (November 2007) "Chambonnières, Jollain and the first engraving of harpsichord music in France". Early Music, 35 (4): 539–553. ISSN 0306-1078.
  • Saur, K. G., publisher (2000). The Artists of the World: A Bio-bibliographical Index A to Z. Munich: K. G. Saur. ISBN 978-3-598-23975-5.
  • Thieme, Ulrich; Becker, Felix, founders (1907–1950). Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, volume 19 (1926) by Hans Vollmer. Leipzig: Seemann. OCLC 679383924.
  • Venard, Michèle (1985). La Foire entre en scène. Paris: Librairie Theâtrale. ISBN 978-2-7349-0011-5.