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Daniel Rabel (d. 1637) was a French draughtsman, printmaker and engineer. He was the son of the engraver Jean Rabel (c. 1545-1603).

Around 1612 he became painter to Carlo I Gonzaga, Duc de Nevers (later Duke of Mantua), and drawing-master to his children. In 1618 he was appointed director of the fortifications of Champagne and Brie, becoming Ingenieur du Roi in 1625. He had already been associated with the court, from 1610 onwards designing costumes for the burlesque ballets performed there (watercolours, Paris, Louvre; Paris, Bib. N.). He made highly realistic illuminations in gouache for a book of flowers and also some drawn copies of antique objects for Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (Paris, Bib. N.). He also designed illustrations for books: 350 plates after his drawings were engraved by Michel Lasne, Claude David and Isaac Briot II (1585-1670).


Paris / 1638
21 x 15.5 inches