Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
Alexandre Dumas the younger, 1873
Plaster - 81 x 61 x 35 cm
Williamstown, The Sterling &
Francine Clark Institute
Photo : Yates, Trebosc & Lelyveld
21/3/14 - Acquisition - Williamstown, Sterling and Francine Clark Institute - The sculpture stand occupied at TEFAF by David and Constance Yates in association with Trebosc & van Lelyveld always offers the highest quality. The Sterling & Francine Clark Institute made no mistake in choosing them to purchase a plaster bust of Alexandre Dumas the younger by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
The two men, one a sculptor and the other a writer, were friends after having met at the Villa Medicis when Dumas visited in 1861. In fact, he was Carpeaux’s witness when the sculptor married Amélie de Montfort in 1869 then also godfather to his son, Charles, and finally acted as his personal representative when his will was executed at his death.
The portrait of Dumas was produced in 1872 with its companion piece, depicting his wife. The original casts, patinated in a terracotta color, are held at the Musée d’Orsay while the marble representing Dumas, exhibited at the Salon of 1874, was bequeathed by the model to the Comédie Française where it resides today. A bronze can be found at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington. There are also some known plaster versions (Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek ; Paris, Petit Palais...) and others are reduced replicas (Villers-Cotterêts, Musée Alexandre Dumas...).