French Sculpture Census

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CHAPU, Henri
Le Mée, Seine-et-Marne 1833 - Paris 1891

Exécutant: Caproni

Jeanne d'Arc
Joan of Arc


inscription : Caproni Casts / P P Caproni & Bro / -Makers- / Boston U S A

Farmville, Virginia, Ruffner Hall, Longwood University


  • sous la coupole, Ruffner Hall, Longwood University, Farmville


  • Around the turn of the century, Caproni was considered the premier caster of the world. He and his craftsmen replicated statues by covering them with hundreds of paper-thin tin sheets pressed along the contours of each original, casting these contour-moulds in plaster, and finishing each one off with a coat of paint. These finely crafted replica statues were for the most part sold to public schools, libraries, colleges, museums, symphony halls and patrons of the arts.

Oeuvres en rapport

Fait partie de quatre exemplaires grandeur nature en plâtre se trouvant dans les quatre collèges de Virginie qui étaient des lieux de formation des femmes enseignantes :
- Farmville, Longwood University (celle-ci)
- Fredericksburg, University of Mary Washington
- Harrisonburg, James Madison University
- Radford, Radford University.
Original en marbre, 1870-1872, Paris, Musée d'Orsay.


See text about Joan of Arc by Chapu on French version of this website.
See (accessed 15 December 2015):
Unique among public American universities is Longwood’s adoption of a patron hero, Joan of Arc, who is said to protect and inspire students. The university’s two prized sculptures of the 15th century French heroine are Jeanne d’Arc—known affectionately as “Joanie on the Stony”—an 1870 plaster statue by French sculptor Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu, and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s 1915 bronze Joan of Arc equestrian statue, nicknamed “Joanie on the Pony.”
Rituals and myths dealing with the two statues abound. Joanie on the Stony, for example, heralds the occasion of every CHI walk with a pair of mysteriously appearing blue and white carnations. Joanie on the Stony is also said to bring good luck for tests to students who touch her clasped hands on their way to class.