François Joullain (Biographical details)

François Joullain (publisher/printer; printmaker; dealer/auction house; French; Male; 1697 - 1778)

Also known as

Joullain, François; Joulin, François; Joulain, François


Quai de la Mégisserie à la Ville de Rome, Paris


Initially engraver, but soon turned print publisher and dealer, becoming a major figure with a high reputation for expertise. From 1728 to 1739 in partnership with Nicolas Gautrot (qv), then on his own and later with his son.

Business continued by his son François Charles (married 1758, d.1790), also an auctioneer and a major dealer in paintings as well as prints. Bought Greuze's 'Accordée de village' for the King at the Menars sale. Wrote the 'Réflexions sur la peinture et la gravure' in 1786 (copy in BM). A list of 133 of the son's auction catalogues 1763-83, produced as a puff by himself, is attached to the Le Bas sale catalogue (BL 562.e.27(24)). Became bankrupt in late 1783, and apparently retired to the country to write his book.


Catalogue of his fonds 1760
Préaud (for father and son)
Patrick Michel, 'Le commerce du tableau à Paris dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle', Villeneuve 2007, pp.79-82.