Jules Clément Chaplain (French, 1839-1909)
Silvered bronze, 3 15/16 in. diameter
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.
Recto: Portrait in profile of the painter Delaunay (1828–1891). Inscribed: j. elie delaunay peintre. Signed: j. c. chaplain.
Verso: A male personification of painting, with a palette and brushes beside him, kneels in a rocky landscape in order to drink water from a stream. Above him hovers Apollo, god of the arts, playing his lyre.