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(RUDE, François) CALMETTE, Joseph.

François Rude.

Published: Paris, H. Floury, 1920

Stock code: 39970

Price: £150

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First Edition. Monograph on the French Romantic sculptor. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1812, but unable to travel there because of the Wars. A great supporter of Napoleon, he went into exile on the Emperor’s defeat in 1815. Returning to Paris in 1827 he soon regained his reputation and worked on a number of public monuments, the most famous of which is the panel, “Le Départ des Volontaires” on the Arc de Triomphe, better known as “La Marseillaise.”

Quarto. (260 196mm.). Recent Havana morocco-backed marbled boards, marbled edges, original pictorial upper wrap bound in, in slipcase. Tissue-guarded photogravure portrait frontispiece and 9 other similar plates, numerous illustrations to the text, many full-page. A little browned, but overall very good.

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