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Jour des Rameaux à Boulogne: M.1-1921

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Current Location: In storage


Jour des Rameaux à Boulogne
(Palm Sunday at Boulogne)


Sculptor: Dalou, Aimé-Jules




Terracotta in the round. Standing female figure draped in a large cloak, with the hood thrown back over the shoulders and clasped in front with a chain. She wears a tight-fitting coif and bonnet on her head, the loose ends knotted at the back of the neck. She holds a bible in her right hand, and a bunch of spring flowers, in her left.

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Given by Mrs Eumorfopoulos

Measurements and weight

Height: 59.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1921) by Eumorfopoulos, Mrs


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
After 1872 CE - Before 1902 CE


A fervent socialist, Dalou was forced to flee to London in 1871 following his involvement with the Paris Commune and, ironically, was adopted by the English court and aristocracy. The original of this composition was the first sculpture that Dalou made in England and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872. Dalou called it 'Jour des Rameaux à Boulogne' (Palm Sunday at Boulogne).

Portraying a caped Breton girl on Palm Sunday, cradling her prayer book and a spray of Spring flowers in her arms, the composition is significant as the first of a series of working-class figures that Dalou made during his exile in London. It appealed to Victorian tastes and other versions were made, including one that was offered for sale at the Royal Manchester Institution’s Exhibition of the Works of Modern Artists in 1876 for £21. This compostion was the first in Dalou's series of 'peasant' compositions and was bought by George Howard, later 9th Earl of Carlisle (1843-1911).

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  • Sculpture UK

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: DALOU
  • Location: Lower back
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1921
Primary reference Number: 29845
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1921
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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