French Sculpture Census

photo credit : ph. gloucestercitynews, July 30, 2012
artist © : public domain

ALLEGRAIN, Christophe Gabriel
Paris 1710 - Paris 1795

Bather (Iron Lady)

cast from a 1767 model
bronze? cast iron?


Gloucester City, New Jersey, Proprietors Park


  • 1890, Purchased from France by businessman William J. Thompson (nicknamed "The Duke of Gloucester") and placed on his Gloucester City estate
  • in the 1920s, When the estate was demolished to make room for the Coast Guard station, the statue was saved
  • 1929, The statue was moved to its present location when Camden County created the new park


  • Smithsonian Institution/SOS! website, August 14, 2015
  • 2012 Matthews
    Mark Matthews, "Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Outrage over Gloucester's City "Iron Lady" Statue",, 30 July 2012 (see

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