Born in Liège ( Belgium) in 1729, he was pensioned by Louis XV et member of the academy of Paris in 1764.

He used a new fashion of engraving, using various " roulettes " imitating the drawing.

His prints of manner of pencils knew a great success in particular those after François Boucher, whom he was one of the largest interpreters. He also engraved after Bouchardon, Caresmes, Cochin, Eisen, Fragonard, Frédou, Huet, Lebarbier, Leprince, Mettay, Vincent, Watteau, etc ...

His nephew Gilles Antoine Demarteau, known as Demarteau The Younger ( Liège 1750 , Paris 1802 ) collaborated with him.

He died in Paris in 1776.

Catalogue de his work:

L De Leymarie " L'oeuvre de Gilles Demarteau l'Ainé, graveur du Roy " Paris 1896.


Available prints :


(Venus and Putti)

(Three Putti with a low-relief)


(Head of man)

(Head of man)

(Young woman upright holding a child and an old man reading)


(Girl rake on the shoulder drawing a young girl along)


(Head of woman)


(Drum of musketeers)


(Head of woman)