Jules Clément Chaplain (French, 1839–1909)
Jean Auguste Barre, 1879
Cast bronze, 5 1/4 in. diam.
Chaplain won the Prix de Rome for medal-engraving in 1863, and went on to have a highly successful career, including election to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1881 and an appointment as Art Director of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in 1896. In 1877 Chaplain became the official medallist of the French government, creating a series of presidential portrait medals. His many animated and realistic medallions of intellectuals and artists, however, constitute his greatest achievement.
Portrait in profile of the sculptor and engraver Jean Auguste Barre. Inscribed: UAGUSTE BARRE STATUAIRE ET GRAVEUR. Signed and dated: J. C. CHAPLAIN 1879.