French Sculpture Census

photo credit :, August 12, 2011
artist © : public domain

after a model by
JULIEN, Pierre
Saint-Paulien, Haute-Loire 1731 - Paris 1804

Maker: Thomire, Pierre-Philippe

Nicolas Poussin
Nicolas Poussin

early 19th century, after a 1789 model

H. 15 1/4
inscribed by the founder on right edge of base: Thomire & Cie à Paris

Acc. No. : 1970.130.1
Credit Line : Gift of Michael Hall, 1970

New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


  • 1970, Gift of Michael Hall


  • 1911 Lami
    Stanislas Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'école française au dix-huitième siècle, Paris, 1911, II, p. 15
  • 1947 Niclausse
    Juliette Niclausse, Thomire fondeur-ciseleur [1751-1843], [Paris, 1947], p. 49, 51, 53
  • 1957 Dowley
    Francis H. Dowley, "D'Angiviller's Grands Hommes and the Significant Moment", The Art Bulletin, XXXIX (1957), p. 266-267, fig. 4

Related Works

Julien's Poussin was a royal commission, forming part of the suite of famous men for the vestibule of the salle des séances of the Institut, and is now in the Louvre.
The plaster was exhibited in 1789.
The marble was exhibited only in 1804.
A terra-cotta model is also in the Louvre.
The bronze shows numerous simplifications of the Louvre marble, including the absence of incised figures on the slab (representing a panel or a canvas?) by Poussin.