|Dates||1672 - 1742|
A prolific and imaginative draftsman, Gilles-Marie Oppenord produced creative designs for everything from buildings to book illustrations. Son of the ébéniste Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt, Gilles-Marie grew up in the palace of the
Royal patronage cemented his reputation, and Oppenord soon received many other commissions for private projects. Designs made for the Roman Catholic Church also occupied him: he executed one of his most important projects as chief architect of the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. At the end of his life, when architectural commissions dwindled, Oppenord produced ornate designs for books, including letters of the alphabet and elaborate borders for texts. His drawings were engraved and published after his death.