French Sculpture Census

photo credit : ph Laure de Margerie, 23 janvier 2011
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CRAUK, Gustave
Valenciennes, Nord 1827 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1905

Louis-Achille, comte Baraguey d'Hilliers, maréchal de France (1795-1878)
Louis-Achille, Count Baraguey d'Hilliers, Marshal of France (1795-1878)

1861
painted plaster

bust
on the front: MARECHAL COMTE / BARAGUEY D'ILLIERS
on the left side: CRAUK

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Another patinated plaster cast was given in 1861 by the sculptor to the Musée des Beaux-arts in Valenciennes, his birth town.
Another plaster cast was bought in 1901 by the Musée de l'Armée in Paris.
The marble, signed and dated 1861, exhibited at the 1863 Salon, no. 2315, was bought by the State (3500 F.) for the Musée du château de Versailles; now on deposit at the Military College in Saint-Cyr, Brittany, France.
A bronze copy belonging to the Military College in Saint-Cyr was destroyed in 1942 in the bombing.

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Wikipedia, 31 January 2011:
His legendary strictness while at the head of the military school of Saint-Cyr (1834, appointed vice-governor, 1836: appointed governor) made the students create a price, "the Baraguey", given each year to the less appreciated senior student. The price consists in the disappearance of the bust of the Maréchal d'Hilliers (usually throning at the end of the "pomp hallway") and its reappearance in the office of the winner of the price.