Pierre Lepautre (1652–1716)

For the French sculptor, see Pierre Lepautre (1659-1744).
Gallo-Roman building named piliers de tutelle in Bordeaux (France). Destroyed in 1675. Drawing and map by Claude Perrault (1613-1688), engraved by Pierre Lepautre, 1669

Pierre Lepautre or Le Pautre (1652 – 16 November 1716) was a French draughtsman, engraver and architect,[1] especially known as an ornemaniste, a prolific designer of ornament that presages the coming Rococo style.[2] He was the son of the designer and engraver Jean Lepautre and nephew of the architect Antoine Lepautre.[3] His appointment in 1699 as Dessinateur in the Bâtiments du Roi, the official design department of the French monarchy, headed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and later Robert de Cotte in the declining years of Louis XIV, was signalled by the historian of the Rococo, Fiske Kimball, as a starting point in the genesis of the new style.[2]


  1. Préaud 2008, pp. 16, 23; Souchal 1981, pp. 437–441 and the Family Tree in the end papers. Lepautre's year of birth is calculated from his stated age of 64 at the time of his death.
  2. 1 2 Kimball 1943, pp. 62–64, etc.
  3. Souchal 1981, pp. 437–441.


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