Blanchet, Thomas a French painter, was born in Paris in 1617. He went to Rome and studied under Andrea Sacchi. After some years he returned to Paris, and painted the Vision of St. Philip, and the Baptism of the Eunuch, for the Church of Notre Dame; also some works for the town-house at Lyons, which stamped him as one of the ablest French historical painters of the day. He died at Lyons in 1689. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.