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

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Current Location: In storage


Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)


Sculptor: Dalou, Aimé-Jules




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


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Victoria I
Circa 1863 CE - 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.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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 24 March 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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