See also:David d'
See also:Angers, French sculptor, was
See also:born at Angers on the 12th of
See also:March 1789 . His
See also:father was a sculptor, or rather a carver, but he had thrown aside the mallet and taken the musket, fighting against the Chouans of La Vendee . He returned to his
See also:trade at the end of the
See also:civil war, to find his customers gone, so that
See also:young David was born into poverty . As the boy
See also:grew up his father wished to force him into some more lucrative and certain way of
See also:life . At last he succeeded in surmounting the opposition to his becoming a sculptor, and in his eighteenth
See also:left for
See also:Paris to study the
See also:art upon a capital of eleven francs . After struggling against want for a year and a
See also:half, he succeeded in taking the prize at the Ecole
See also:Beaux-Arts . An
See also:annuity of 600 francs (£24) was granted by the
See also:municipality of his native
See also:town in 1809, and in 1811 David's "
See also:Epaminondas" gained the prix de Rome . He spent five years in Rome, during which his
See also:enthusiasm for the
See also:works of
See also:Canova was often excessive . Returning from Rome about the
See also:time of the restoration of the Bourbons, he would not remain in the neighbourhood of the Tuileries, which swarmed with
See also:foreign conquerors and returned royalists, and accordingly went to
See also:London . Here
See also:Flaxman and others visited upon him the sins of David the painter, to whom he was erroneously supposed to be related . With
See also:great difficulty he made his way to Paris again, where a comparatively prosperous career opened upon him . His medallions and busts were in much
See also:request, and orders for monumental works also came to him .
One of the best of these was that of
See also:Gutenberg at Strassburg; but those he himself valued most were the statue of Barra, a drummer boy who continued to
See also:beat his
See also:drum till the moment of
See also:death in the war in La Vendee, and the
See also:monument to the Greek liberator Bozzaris, consisting in a young
See also:female figure called " Reviving
See also:Greece," of which Victor Hugo said: " It is difficult to see anything more beautiful in the
See also:world; this statue joins the grandeur of
See also:Pheidias to the expressive manner of
See also:Puget." David's busts and medallions were very numerous, and among his sitters may be found not only the illustrious men and
See also:women of France, but many others both of England and Germany—countries which he visited professionally in 1827 and 1829 . Hismedallions, it is affirmed, number 500 . He died on the 4th of
See also:January 1856 . David's fame rests firmly on his pediment of the
See also:Pantheon, his monument to General Gobert in Pere Lachaise and his marble "
See also:Philopoemen " in•the Louvre . In the Musee David at Angers is an almost
See also:complete collection of his works either in the
See also:form of copies or in the
See also:original moulds . As an example of his benevolence of character may be mentioned his rushing off to the sick-
See also:bed of Rouget de
See also:Lisle, the author of the " Marseillaise Hymn," modelling and '
See also:carving him in marble without delay, making a lottery of the
See also:work, and sending to the poet in the extremity of need the seventy-two pounds which resulted from the sale . . See H . Jouin, David d'Angers et ses relations litteraires (189o); Lettres de P . J . David d'Angers a
See also:Dupre (Paris, 1891); Collection de portraits des contemporains d'apres
See also:les medaillons de P . J . David (Paris, 1838) .
GERARD [GHEERAERT DAVIT] DAVID (?=1523)
ST DAVID (Dewi, Sant)
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