Simon François Ravenet, A.R.A.

Preferred Media: Reproductive engraving
Born: 1706 in Paris, France
Died: 2 April 1774
Nationality: French
Category of Membership: Associate Engraver
Elected Associate Engraver: 26 Feb 1770
Biography
Engraver born in Paris and trained there with Jacques Philippe Le Bas. Some sources (e.g. DNB), state that he was born in 1721.

In 1743 he was brought to London by William Hogarth to work on the Marriage à la Mode series. He appears to have remained in Britain for the rest of his career. The majority of Ravenet's work was produced for the publishers Robert Sayer, John and Paul Knapton, and, especially, John Boydell, contributing to his Collection of Prints, Engraved from the most Capital Paintings in England (1769-72). In 1759 or 1760 Ravenet worked again with Hogarth on two illustrations after the artist for the second edition of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (vol. 1, 1760; vol. 4, 1761).

In 1745-6 Richard Dalton employed Ravenet to engrave a series of large prints of classical sculpture in Italian collections and, with Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain, to engrave a scene from book 6 of Milton's Paradise Lost. In 1752 he engraved the first of the large plates after John van Rymsdyck's drawings showing the dissection of a woman in an advanced stage of pregnancy for William Hunter's Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus, eventually published in 1774. In 1753 he engraved Benjamin Wilson's painting David Garrick and Miss Bellamy as Romeo and Juliet.

Ravenet was on the committee of the Society of Artists in 1767 and in 1770 joined the Royal Academy as one of only six associate engravers.

His son, Simon François Ravenet the Younger, was also an engraver. Some sources state that he had another son, Jean-François Ravenet who was also an engraver.
 
Works of Art: 5
Books: 5
Archives: 4
Works by

Daphne and Apollo   
Daphne and Apollo
ca. 1740
Simon François Ravenet
  

L'Automne   
L'Automne
ca. 1740
Simon François Ravenet
  

L'Esté   
L'Esté
ca. 1740
Simon François Ravenet
  
Works associated with

The Brothers attack Comus   
The Brothers attack Comus
Francis Hayman
  

Portrait of Simon François Ravenet...   
Portrait of Simon François Ravenet...
Published c. 1790?
Johann Zoffany
  

Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried   A Compleat System Of The Blood-Vessels And Nerves, Taken From Albinus's Edition of Eustachius Also From Ruysch, Vieussens, Du Verney, Haller, Trew, and J. B. Surgeon at Avignon; Beautifully Engraved on Large Copper Plates, With Tables of Explanation, Containing the Text of Eustachius, Albinus, &c. Translated Into English. To Which Are Prefixed Three Whole-Length Anatomical Figures, Representing The External Parts of the Human Body in both Sexes. - London: [1758]   
03/6622   
Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried   Tables Of The Skeleton And Muscles Of The Human Body, By Bernard Siegfried Albinus. Translated From The Latin. - London: [1749]   
03/6612   
The Works Of William Hogarth, From The Original Plates Restored By James Heath, Esq. R.A.; With The Addition Of Many Subjects Not Before Collected; To Which Are Prefixed, A Biographical Essay On The Genius and Productions of Hogarth, And Explanations Of The Subjects Of The Plates, By John Nichols, Esq. F.S.A.   - London: (1837?)   
05/62   
Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried   A Compleat System Of The Blood-Vessels And Nerves, Taken From Albinus's Edition of Eustachius Also From Ruysch, Vieussens, Du Verney, Haller, Trew, and J. B. Surgeon at Avignon; Beautifully Engraved on Large Copper Plates, With Tables of Explanation, Containing the Text of Eustachius, Albinus, &c. Translated Into English. To Which Are Prefixed Three Whole-Length Anatomical Figures, Representing The External Parts of the Human Body in both Sexes. - London: [1750]   
04/318   
Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried   Bernardi Siegfried Albini Tabulae Sceleti Et Musculorum Corporis Humani. - Londini: [1749]   
03/2844   
SA/36/16    S. F. Ravenet, to the Presidant, vice presidant and Directors of the Societie of artist of Great Britain    09 Jun 1769    Item   
SA/36/5    S. Ravenet, P. C. Canot and V. M. Picot [to the Directors]    15 Nov 1769    Item   
SA/35/51/24    Order of the Directors to the Treasurer    20 Jun 1769    Item   
SA/35/51/20    Order of the Directors to the Treasurer    20 Jun 1769    Item