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Edouard Gautier Dagoty

1745 Paris – 1783 Florence

The etcher and draughtsman Edouard Gautier Dagoty was the son of Jacques Fabien Gautier le Père (1710–1781), who distinguished himself as a pioneer in the field of colour printing. Edouard refined the printing technique of his father and continued to work as a reproductive engraver and author of botanical colour engravings. Dagoty’s printed œuvre is not very extensive, his whole artistic career being overshadowed by failure, in fact. Various journeys took the artist through the provinces of France as well as to Holland and Italy, where he stayed several times, dying there in 1783 at the early age of 38.