17th-18th century French sculptor, wax modeler, and painter
(1632 - 1717)
Known primarily as a sculptor in wax, Benoist was also a painter and a sculptor in metal and stone. Beginning in 1657 he was one of the twenty Peintres Ordinaires du Roi and he was elected to the academy in 1691. Benoist executed a few medals and painted in grisaille the portraits of Louis XIV used as obverses for the Histoire Metallique.
See S. Lami in Thieme-Becker 3, pp. 336-37; Babelon in Michel 7, p. 408; Jacquiot, pp. 345-47; Pyke, p. 13.
--- from The Molinari Collection, Andrea S. Norris and Ingrid Weber, Published by Bowdoin College, 1976