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Madame Juliette Récamier (1777–1849)
Madame Juliette Récamier (1777–1849)
Madame Juliette Récamier (1777–1849)
Madame Juliette Récamier (1777–1849)

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Madame 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 one of the leading portraitists of his day.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham

Title

Madame Juliette Récamier (1777–1849)

Date

modelled c.1802; this version early 19th C or later

Medium

marble

Measurements

H 67.3 x W 31.5 x D 19 cm

Accession number

50.15

Acquisition method

purchased at Sotheby's sale of Henry Harris's estate, 1950

Work type

Bust

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