French Sculpture Census

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DUBOIS, Paul
Nogent-sur-Seine, Aube 1829 - Paris 1905

Maker: Rudier, Alexis

Jeanne d'Arc
Joan of Arc

after a model of 1889
bronze

equestrian statue(tte)
82 x 74
inscribed on front of base: JEANNE D'ARC / LIBERATRICE / 1412–1431 / AUX FEMMES D'AMERIQUE / LES FEMMES DE FRANCE
inscribed on back of base: OFFERT PAR / LE LYCEUM / SOCIETE DES FEMMES DE FRANCE / A NEW YORK / LE 6 JANVIER 1922
signed: P. DUBOIS
inscribed: ALEXIS RUDIER / FONDEUR PARIS

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, Meridian Hill Park

www.nps.gov/mehi/

Provenance

  • Donated by le Lyceum Société des femmes de France of New York (madame Carlo Polifeme, présidente-fondatrice) to the women of the United States of America
  • 6 January 1922, when the piece was dedicated President Harding and the French Ambassador Jusserand were the guests of honor. Mrs. Harding and Mme Jusserand, who represented France, also attended.

Bibliography

  • Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc_(Dubois), accessed 25 November 2015
  • 1922 Brigham
    Gertrude R. Brigham, "A New Memorial to Jeanne d'Arc in Washington", Art and Archaelogy, vol. 13, February 1922, p. 96 (accessible on Google Books)
  • 1974 Goode
    James M. Goode, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Comprehensive Historical Guide, Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, p. 418

Related Works

First cast, 1889, in Reims, in front of Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Comment

Architecture by McKim, Mead and White; contractor: A. Le Poidevin & Co.

1922 Brigham, p. 96:
(...) More than five years ago, in May 1916, Madame Polifeme wrote to the Commission of Fine Arts: "Le Lyceum, Société des femmes de France of New York, in a spirit of patriotism, nurtured by exile, inspired by a deep sense of the friendship that binds our two sister Republics, animated by a sympathy born of closer and closer relations, le Lyceum intends to perpetuate these sentiments by erecting in their new home a monument to Jeanne d'Arc, emblem of Patriotism, emblem of Love and Peace. The statue of our French heroine will be built to the glory of womanhood, dedicated by the women of France in New York, to the women of America, and offered to the city of Washington."