Aime-Jules Dalou (French 1838-1902): Bronze Bust of La Boulonnaise, circa 1875-80, wearing a traditional head cap and cloak, with gentle downward look, raised on an ebonised wood capstan plinth, 34.5cm high, 47.5cm high overall See illustration
Purchased from Agnew, Exhibition Sculpture and Works of Art 1981, pg.34.
Literature: J Cooper Nineteenth Century Romantic Bronzes, 1975, p.90.
In July 1871 Delou was forced into exile because of his Republican sympathies and his active support for the commune. He escaped to England where, with the help of his fellow-sculptor and friend Legros, he found great success. He was a regular exhibitor at The Royal Academy 1872-79, and the public especially liked his studies of mothers reading, sewing or nursing children. His studies of Boulogne peasants were also popular. This bust of a French peasant was probably cast in London by an Italian, Cantoni, at his foundry in the King's Road. Several other unsigned casts similar to this example are known to exist, and at least one is dated 1883.