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ID number:  BIRBI-50.15
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Chinard, Joseph (1756-1813)
Title / Object name:  Bust of Juliette Récamier (1777-1849)
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  Model: about 1802; Version: early 19th century or later
Materials:  Marble
Measurements:  67.3 x 31.5 x 19 cm including socle
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's sale of Henry Harris's estate (deceased), 24 October 1950, lot 131, for £10
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Mme Récamier, celebrated for her beauty, was the wife - and possibly the illegitimate daughter - of a wealthy older banker. She became a prominent figure in Parisian political and literary circles. The prime version of this sculpture is in Lyon. This later copy, one of several, lacks the crisp detailing of the original, though it does retain some of its sensual allure. Chinard was a fine exponent of the graceful Empire style and one of the leading portraitists of his day, both aspects brilliantly realised in this composition.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Version: possibly workshop of Chinard, Paris, early 19th century, or later.

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