the Foxhunt" by Pierre-Jules Mene c. 1861. 45.7 x 23cm, Bronze.
The shoes and bugle suggest the figure is historic, perhaps dating to the 1700's. It may, in fact, be a rendering of Rob Roy as Mene's work often included folk heros.
Pierre-Jules Mene was trained as a bronze caster by his father. He earned his living making metal models for the porcelain industry in Paris and selling copies to the public. As an adult, he came to specialize in animal sculpture studying the exhibits at the Paris zoo.
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