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Alphonse Legros (1837-1911): M.16-1950

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Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)


Dalou, Aimé-Jules (Sculptor)


Bronze, cast. Head shown full face; bearded and moustached, with thick hair.


History note: Possibly Edouard Lanteri; Guy John Fenton Knowles

Legal notes

Given by G.J. F. Knowles

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Knowles, Guy John Fenton


Late 19th-early 20th Century
Victoria I
Circa 1863 CE - 1902 1902 CE


Dalou and Legros were friends, having trained together as sculptors in Paris. When Dalou was forced, for political reasons, to flee Paris in 1871, he found shelter with Legros, by then an established figure in the London art world. It was upon Legros’ recommendation that Dalou was given a post at the National Art Training School, now the Royal College of Art. Around 1875, Legros etched a portrait of Dalou, and the following year, Dalou modelled a life-size, half-length portrait of Legros in plaster, but subsequently grew dissatisfied with it and smashed it. However, the head was saved, said to have been retrieved by Edouard Lanteri. It is probably the plaster now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A.7-1993). Several casts were made from it in both plaster and bronze.

Further plasters are in the Musée de Dijon, and the Strang Collection at the Slade School of Art, London.

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Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.16-1950
Primary reference Number: 13602
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_16_1950
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 June 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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