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Ouvrier debout: M.11-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Ouvrier debout
Translated as: Standing worker
(Standing worker)


Sculptor: Dalou, Aimé-Jules




Bronze figure of a standing male worker

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs M.E.L. Brownlow

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.3 cm
Height: 12.7 cm
Width: 6.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1972) by Brownlow, M. E. L., Mrs


19th Century, Mid-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1889 CE - After 1902 CE


A protégé of the French sculptor, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-75), Dalou was one of the great French sculptors of the nineteenth century. The present bronze is a cast of a model for one of the figures for Dalou's unexecuted Monument to the Working Man. From 1889 Dalou began making studies of workers - both modelled and in sketches - for the monument. Although the monument was never made, a model of c. 1895/6 shows that Dalou intended a huge column with 12 niches inset around the base, in which sculpture of workers were to be placed. The whole structure was to be surmounted by the figure of a pesant, rolling up his sleeves, now known as the 'Grand Paysan'. If completed, the sculpture would have been c. 32 m high. The original terracotta models for this project are now in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11-1972
Primary reference Number: 13674
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_11_1972
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 16 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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