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Charles Germain de Saint Aubin (January 17, 1721 – March 6, 1786) was a French draftsman and embroidery designer to King Louis XV. Published a classic reference on embroidery, L'Art du Brodeur ("Art of the Embroiderer") in 1770. In addition to his embroidery designs, he was also known for his drawings and engravings.


A caricature of Louis-Bertrand Castel's "ocular organ" by Charles Germain de Saint Aubin

His parents were Germain de Saint-Aubin and Anne Boissay, themselves both professional embroiderers. His younger brothers, Gabriel-Jacques de Saint-Aubin and Augustin de Saint-Aubin were also well-respected artists.


References

E. et J. de Goncourt, L'Art du XVIIIe siècle, Les Saint-Aubin
http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/psearch?Request=S&imageset=1&Person=231450[permanent dead link] (National Gallery of Art)
Men in the fiber arts.
Textile Production in Europe: Embroidery, 1600–1800 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
E. and J. de Goncourt, The Art of the eighteenth century, the Saint-Aubin
Catalog of rare and valuable component library M. Hippolyte Destailleur; Paris books: D. Morgand, 1891. 8 °, 448 p.

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