Pierre Drevet studied engraving in Lyon and Paris and excelled at portrait engravings, particularly those after his friend and fellow artist, Hyacinthe Rigaud. Drevet was appointed as Graveur du Roi to Louis XIV in 1696 and eventually given housing at the Palais du Louvre. He was accepted into the Royal Academy in France in 1703, though he did not complete his reception piece until two decades later, when he submitted an engraving of Robert de Cotte. Drevet had several pupils, including his son Pierre-Imbert Drevet and his nephew Claude Drevet. Together, the three family members helped to advanced the genre of reproductive portrait prints in France during the 18th century.