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Charles David

circa 1600–1636/38, Paris

The draughtsman and engraver, Charles David, was the son-in-law of the Flanders-born engraver and publisher, Pierre Firens, who made a career for himself in early 17th century Paris and was later appointed Graveur du Roy. His brother Jérôme (circa 1605 Paris – circa 1670 Rome) was also active as an engraver. Charles David worked mostly as a reproductive engraver, producing works after such varied artists from bygone eras as Frans Floris, Hendrick Goltzius and Jacopo Bassano as well as after designs by contemporaries like Philippe de Champaigne, Jacques Callot and Gerard van Honthorst.