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A  HISTORY OF COPIES AND FORGERIES
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Maurice Quentin de La Tour, who produced so many exquisite pastel works, was only used to produce faces in his works leaving the rest to the care of pupils. His imitators were Joseph Ducreux, G. Doncre, J.M Frédou, Hubert Drouais, Nattier,
C. van Loo or Duplessis.

During the second half of the 19th Century, J.B Mayno produced excellent copies after Quentin de La Tour.

Jean-Baptiste Greuze was another painter who had many followers, notably his daughter Anna, Constance Mayer, Prud'hon's mistress, and several other women artists such as E. Vigée-Lebrun, Caroline de Valory or Jeanne Philiberthe Ledoux. Other copyists of Greuze were E. Aubry, A. Borel, Bounieu, L. Galloche,
J.B Hilaire, C. Hoin, A.P Mongin, P.A Wille, J.A Laurent, Danloux, Touzé, Vallin or Théolon.

During the mid 19th Century faked works sold as by Greuze were produced in quantities by an artist named Abrier while dealers were offering paintings by van Gorp or Debucourt as by this famous artist.

Debucourt himself was much copied at the start of the 19th Century while Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a brilliant painter who first worked under the influence of Boucher, also copied the works of old masters, notably Rubens and Poussin.

His wife Marie-Anne Gérard, and his sister-in-law Marguerite Gérard copied his works and produced miniatures, which were often attributed to him.

J.F Schall copied Fragonard's works as well as A. Callet, J. B Huet, C. Hoin or
P.C Le Mettay while Camille Groult, a well known collector, used to produce faked drawings as good as Fragonard's original works.

Carle van Loo, a painter to the King, had many pupils who adopted his style, notably Françoise Duparc who managed to paint a copy of one of his works, which was so spectacular that, the master himself designated his own work as being a copy.

Constance Mayer first studied painting with Greuze, whom she copied much, before producing faked works sold as by Prud'hon with whom she lived.

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