, the last son of Germain Audran, was born at Lyons in 1670, from whence he went to Paris, after the
, the last son of Germain Audran, was born at Lyons in 1670, from whence he went to Paris, after the example of his brothers, to complete his studies in the school of his uncle Gerard. He died suddenly at Paris, in 1712, aged 42, before he had produced any great number of prints by his own hand but, it is presumed, he assisted his brothers in their more extensive works. Benedict Audran, the son of John, was also an engraver of some note, and died in 1772.
, brother to the preceding, was born at Lyons in 1670, and educated at the house of the oratory
, brother to the preceding, was
born at Lyons in 1670, and educated at the house of the
oratory at Paris, which he quitted very soon. He afterwards entered into it again, and then left it finally, a proof
of unsteadiness, at which his father was so angry, having
resolved to breed up all his sons to the church, that he reduced him by his will to a very moderate income; which,
however, John bore without complaining. He went to
Paris, and obtained the acquaintance of the abbe* Bignon,
who became his protector and patron, and procured him a
place in the academy of sciences in 1707. In 1721, he
was elected a professor in the college royal. When the
disputes about Homer between La Motte and madam Dacier were at their height, he thought proper to enter the
lists, and wrote “
Une Dissertation contre Plliade,” in 2
vols. 12mo, which did very little credit to his taste or
judgment. He had, however, better success in his “
Sethos,” which, as a learned and philosophical romance, has
considerable merit. It has been translated into English.
Another work of Terrasson is J< A French Translation of
Diodorus Siculus, with a preface and notes," which has
been much commended.