The Cochin's were a Parisian family of engravers during the 18th Century. Originally from an old family of printmakers from Troyes, Charles Nicolas the Elder (1688-1754)was an engraver working after French painters such as Watteau and Lemoyne. Of the same family, Charles Nicholas Cochin the Younger (1715-90) worked in a freer style than his father, executing engravings based on his own compositions. Appointed as keeper of the Cabinet du Roi, he was master of the decorative vignette form as opposed to the creator of monumental art. This however, left him perfectly suited to succeed in the court of Louis XV.