Does anyone know the dates for when Louis Simoneau (romain du roi) lived?

nancy sharon collins's picture

Does anyone know the dates for when Louis Simoneau (romain du roi) lived?

My publisher is asking me when he was born/died. Every online source I find just quotes the same info: that he was the fella who actually engraved the designs (not the punches themselves) for romain du roi.

Any further information, or leads as to where I can find more information on him, is much appreciated.

John Hudson's picture

I suggest you contact James Mosley; he is likely to know. Unfortunately, the book on le Romain du Roi to which he contributed (do you have it?) does not have an index, and I don't have time to look through it now to see if Simonneau's dates are cited.

[Updated to fix name spelling. Thanks, Craig.]

eliason's picture

1654-1727 according to this source. Note the two /n/s in the name.

Michel Boyer's picture

The French Wiki on Louis Simonneau does not give much more information: he was born in Orléans 22 may 1654 and died in Paris 16 jan. 1727. The reference (E. Bellier de La Chavignerie , L. Auvray) does not say much more. Here is a grab from Gallica.

There is no mention of the Romain du Roy, just of the paintings he reproduced.

nancy sharon collins's picture


Thank you all, very much!

(John: no I do not have the book. This inquiry is an entry in the timeline in my upcoming book on commercial engraving, due out fall 2012, with Princeton Architectural Press.)

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