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MERCIÉ, Jean-Antonin (1845 - 1916)


Media: bronze

Size: 31.5 cm

Acquired: 1994; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 594

Mercié’s sculpture of David with the head of the giant Goliath was seen as a symbol of hope for a French nation weakened by their defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. It was such a popular image that miniature bronzes like this one were produced in six different sizes. The sculptor’s blend of classicism and realism influenced the New Sculpture Movement in Britain.

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