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French Revolutionary Soldier

Style of √Čtienne Henri Dumaige (1830–1888)

French, Realist
ca. 1880
94.6 x 29.9 x 27.9 cm (37 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 in.)
polychromed lead

Not on view


A fife player and a drummer in the French Revolutionary army are vividly depicted in these sculptures (see also HC.S.1936.062.[L]) at the time of the fall of the monarchy in 1792, as the date inscribed on the pedestals attests. The figures appear to represent the average citizen of the Revolution: the fife player is barefoot and the drummer wears clogs stuffed with straw. Both are dressed in the torn and patched remnants of uniforms.

J. Carder

Exhibition History
"Seldom Seen," Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2014.

House Collection