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Picart, Bernard (1673-1733)


Frenchman Bernard Picart (1673-1733) was an engraver who in 1708 moved to Amsterdam where he became a Protestant convert. Most of his work was book-illustrations, including the Bible and Ovid. His most famous work is 'Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde', appearing from 1723 to 1743. In 1708 Picart published an engraving with a short poem entitled: 'Les Pèlerins de l'île de Cythère', (The Pilgrims of the Island of Cythera). The same print is copied on Meissen porcelain of c.1730-1735 and it was possibly because of the popularity of this that orders were sent to China. (Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. 2, pp.362-363)