Friday, 24 February 2012

Alfred Chauchard

This is Alfred Chauchard (1821-1909), a businessman and important patron of the Louvre museum as seen by sculptor Henri Weingele. An interesting read about him (in French) is this way. This statue stands near his former Versailles home, which you can see at the end of the road in this picture. More about the building and the surrounding streets when I get the chance to go back...
Alfred Chauchard (1821-1909), homme d'affaires et grand mécène du Louvre, tel que sculpté par Henri Weingele. Pour en savoir plus sur l'homme, c'est par ici ou de manière plus vivante par ici. La statue s'élève près de ce qui fut sa résidence versaillaise, visible au bout de la rue dans cette photo. Je vous en dirai plus quand j'y retournerai !

23 comments:

Theanne said...

nice shot!

Robert Geiss said...

er sieht zufrieden aus.

Andrew said...

Many thanks for sharing his story..

Regina K said...

Interesting sculpture of him from the time period.

Jack said...

He looks a bit like a cocker spaniel.

Virginia said...

I think you chose an interesting light on his head! :)
V

Randy said...

This is great. Almost ghostly looking.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

He seems to be posing as Lincoln. (Or was Lincoln posing as him?)

Except . . . what a strange statue!

Bergson said...

il a pas l'air de rigoler cet homme

Thérèse said...

Represente ici imposant et serieux mais avec la lumiere du juste au-dessus de sa tete!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

He looks quietly impressive sitting there calmly surveying all that he sees!! He certainly looks like someone who would be interested in 'museum' findings.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

He looks well protected and comfy. Are those pork-chop sideburns?

Lowell said...

It's a nice sculpture, but could use a little pressure-washing, I think. Interesting story, too. Thanks. I did check out his former home - looks like a small Palais!

Re your comment on Florida Fotos: In the latest issue of Time magazine there's a fascinating story of animal friendships!

SRQ said...

He looks like he's watching over the area. This scene would have such a different feel without the wood fence and moss. I like it!

Malyss said...

Il correspond bien au look de son temps: tu as vu ces favoris?!!

JM said...

Nice to meet you, Monsieur, have never heard of you before. :-)

joo said...

Nice statue, but Monsieur is new for me:)
Bergen is lovely, especially, these timbered old houses!
Have a nice weekend.

VP said...

Statues of sitting people are always a bit funny...

Pietro said...

Nice image.
I have a Blogger Classic Template and I can't get the reactions widget! And unfortunately there isn't any code to write it!

cieldequimper said...

@ Jack: yup. Hadn't quite gotten the description right in my head, you hit the nail...

@ JM and Joo: I only just met him too! I had never heard of him...

Halcyon said...

He's almost glowing! Must have been a cool dude. ;)

David Thomas said...

I am looking forward to touring Paris with you wonderful photos! (This is Paris, right?)

cieldequimper said...

@ David : no, this isn't Paris.