The name Isidore-Jules Bonheur is synonymous with the great animalier school of sculptors of the late 19th century, alongside Antoine-Louis Bayre and Pierre-Jules Mene. His elder sister, Rosa (1822-1899), was equally well-known, both for her bronzes as well as her paintings, notably The Horse Fair in the Metropolitan Museum, NY. Of Great significance to their sculpture careers, their younger sister, Juliette (1830-1891), married the bronze founder Hippolyte Peyrol. Peyrol was a master caster and his foundry in Paris is rightly considered one of the finest of the period. He cast the best works by both Isidore and Rosa and these always beat the tiny PEYROL stamp, as can be found on the present work. Hippolyte and Juliette’s son, François-Auguste-Hippolyte Peyrol, became a painter and studied under both his uncle and his aunt. When Rosa died in 1899, it was he, along with Isidore, who collaborated on the Monument au Rosa Bonheur in Fountainebleu.
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