Gauffier, Louis an eminent French painter, was born at Rochelle in 1761, and studied under Taraval. In 1784 he carried off the grand prize of the Academy for his picture of the Syrophenician Woman. He went to Rome with the royal pension, and produced several pictures which greatly increased his reputation. Among his other works are The Roman Matrons Sending their Jewels to the Senate, The Angels Appearing to Abraham, and Jacob and Rachel. He died at Florence, October 20, 1801. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.