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    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Autograph Letters Signed.


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    1) ALS. "Carpeaux." Two pages (of a bifolium) in French, 5.25" x 8.25", Paris; May 27, 1868. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent, Carpeaux states that he has followed his correspondent's wish and written to Count of [illegible] to alert him that his friend [the correspondent] will be making an official request to the Count to obtain for the Musée de Versailles, a trial piece made of either [bronze?] or marble of the prince [illegible]. 2) ALS. "Carpeaux." Eight pages (two bifoliums) in French, 4.5" x 7", London; August 7, 1871. In this long letter to an unnamed correspondent, Carpeaux announces the death of a newborn child, presumably a grandchild, after intense suffering and acute pain. He mentions that his daughter is grief stricken and that he is discouraged due to all of the misery "this family" has caused him. He expresses his wish to be free himself from "this heavy chain." Despite the chaos, Carpeaux is optimistic that together he and his correspondent will overcome the stormy times and he will return to work with energy, enthusiasm, and perseverance.

    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) was a French sculptor and painter during the Second Empire under Napoleon III. A pupil of Francois Rude (1784-1855), Carpeaux is considered a precursor to Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). He was an important figure in 19th century French art, because his expressive romanticism and vigorous approach to modelling marked a definite break from the austere style of Neoclassical sculpture.

    Condition: Overall good to very good. Letters have usual folds; letter 2 has small pieces of tape on the top of pages 4 and 5.



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