- Also known as
Jacques Louis Bance (Bance aîné)
primary name: Bance, J L
other name: Bance aîné
- individual; publisher/printer; French; Male
- Life dates
- (The addresses of J.L.Bance aîné given here are compiled from the prints, from the 'Bibliographie de France', and from Bouvier)
1794: rue St Severin n.115
1800: rue du Petit-Pont n.97
1800 end: rue Saint Denis no.175
1804: rue Saint Denis n.214 (briefly 224 in 1818), where remains until 1836
1836 (?or later): rue Saint Denis no.271, près les Bains Saint-Sauveur, until his death in 1847. His son and heir Balthazar in 1849 transferred the business to rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs, n.27.
- Parisian print publisher, the first of a family dynasty. J L Bance was the son of a farmer in l'Eure; emerges first in Paris shortly before the Revolution, which offered him his first successful subjects for prints. Marries in 1792, later bringing his younger brother Charles into the business. By 1811 he calls himself Bance aîné and Charles Bance jeune was at rue J J Rousseau (qv).
Bance expanded from cheap prints of current affairs into fans, and after 1815 into architecture, establishing an important international trade. Later calls himself 'Editeur d'ouvrages sur l'architecture, le dessin, les ornements, les arts et les métiers', and holds a joint stock with his son Balthazar (1804-62) who worked with him from 1831, and inherited the business; Balthazar's son Albert continued the business along with that of his uncle Charles (qv).
Under Balthazar the business expanded into the book world, specialising in archiecture. After his death in 1862, much of his stock was purchased at auction by Auguste Jean Morel (1820-69).
- Bailly-Herzberg p.366
An 1811 catalogue is known, as is one for 1817
213pp. catalogue for 1826 is in P&D library (Bp.1.17)
Béatrice Bouvier in 'Nouvelles de l'Estampe' 1999 (163), pp.23-33, 'Les Bance, portrait de famille'
Béatrice Bouvier, 'L'Edition d'Architecture à Paris au XIXs, les maisons Bance et Morel', Geneva (Droz) 2001