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Alphonse Legros: M.1-1959

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Alphonse Legros


Rodin, Auguste (Sculptor)
Uncertain Unknown (Founder)


Bronze, cast, with brown patina. Head and neck facing front. Wavy hair, side-whiskers, and curling beard with thick moustache. On brown marble plinth. Unsigned and no foundry mark

Legal notes

Bequeathed by G.J.F. Knowles

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.75 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1959) by Knowles, Guy John Fenton


Late 19th Century
Production date: after AD/CE 1882


In 1881, Rodin visited the French painter and engraver, Alphonse Legros, in London, where the latter spent most of his career. On 23 November that year, Legros agreed to sit for a portrait. The sittings took place at the studio of Gustave Natorp in Paris and the portrait was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 1882. Legros saw it there and wrote to Rodin on 6 May 1882 telling him that he found it admirable. The present bronze is one of about 10 known casts, the majority of which were produced by the founder Alexis Rudier in Paris.

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Components of the work

Plinth: composed of marble ( brown) Height 12 cm
Head: composed of bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast and patinated

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1959
Primary reference Number: 13625
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1959
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 August 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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