The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Desnoyers, Auguste Gaspard Louis Boucher

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DESNOYERS, Auguste Gaspard Louis Boucher, baron, a French engraver, born in Paris, Dec. 20, 1779, died there, Feb. 15, 1857. At the age of 20 he received a prize of 2,000 francs for an engraving of Venus disarming Cupid, and in 1801 established his reputation by the reproduction of Raphael's “Beautiful Gardener,” in the gallery of the Luxembourg. His most admired productions are copies of Raphael's works, and prominent among them is an engraving of the “Transfiguration.” He was elected a member of the institute in 1816, appointed chief engraver to the king in 1825, created baron in 1828, and officer of the legion of honor in 1835.