Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart (1824 - French 1896)

Henri Alfred Jacquemart was born in Paris on 22nd February 1824 and became widely known as both a sculptor of animals and monumental pieces. He studied painting with Delaroche at the Beaux Arts and sculpture - his preferred medium - under Klagmann, exhibiting at the Salon between 1847 and 1879; earning medals in 1857 and 1865 and was made a Companion of the Legion of Honour in 1870. Jacquemart travelled widely in North Africa and the Mediterranean, and at least one commission, a very large statue of Mohammed Ali, in Alexandria, resulted from these travels.

It appears that the majority of Jacquemart's work was commissioned and important monumental pieces were produced; "Two Eagles" for the fountain of Saint-Michel, the "Sphinxes" for the fountain du Chatelet, "Four Lions " for a bridge in Cairo and a life-size cast iron Rhinoceros for the Trocadero in Paris, which also includes the work of Fremiet, Cain and Rouillard. This sculpture can now be found on the esplanade of the Musee D'Orsay. As well as these monumental pieces, Jacquemart sculpted a number of fine life-size models of animals, particularly Hounds, for commercial release. These were made in cast iron by the Barbezat foundry, Val d'Osne, near Paris, a company well known as manufacturers of fine decorative iron work. These striking and decorative items were very fashionable and adorned country properties where they can still be seen today. A fine pair can be seen at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.

Alfred Jacquemart was an important figure of the 'Animalier' group and several of his smaller sculptures show character in their subjects which was often lacking in the work of his contemporaries. Examples of Jacquemart's work are to be found in the museums of Chambery, Belfort, Le Mans, Montpelier, Nantes, Nimes and, as already mentioned, the Musee D'Orsay.

Jacquemart died in Paris on 4th January 1896.
Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart - Hound and Tortoise, c. 1875
Hound and Tortoise, c. 1875
Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart - Seated Hound, c. 1865
Seated Hound, c. 1865
Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart - Two Oxen, c. 1875
Two Oxen, c. 1875
Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart - Sacred Ibis, c. 1860
Sacred Ibis, c. 1860