Désiré-Albert Barre, 1818 – 1878. French engraver.

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Désiré-Albert Barre (1818-1878) was a French painter, stamp designer, and medal engraver. He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Paris and was a pupil of Paul Delaroche. Barre exhibited biblical subjects at the Salon de Paris from 1843 to 1851 and won a third-class medal in 1846.

He painted frescoes in the chapel of Saint Joseph at the Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris. Barre became the closest collaborator of his father, Jacques-Jean Barre, at the Monnaie de Paris in 1845, and succeeded him as the 18th Graveur général des monnaies in 1855. Barre designed the profile of Simon Bolivar that appeared on Venezuelan coins, and also worked on the design of French postage stamps. He experimented with the use of a coin press to create stamps, but this technique did not replace galvanoplasty. Barre had disagreements with Anatole Hulot, the entrepreneur responsible for stamp printing, and their disputes led to delays in stamp production. After Barre’s death, his older brother Jean-Auguste Barre became the next Graveur général des monnaies.

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