Morning, or Nymph and Cupid, late 19th Century
James Pradier (1790-1852)
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum


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Morning, or Nymph and Cupid

This figure shows a nymph with Cupid at her feet. In Greek mythology, nymphs were minor female divinities associated with the natural world. They were usually classified according to where they lived for example, water, mountain and trees. They were not necessarily immortal, but they lived a very long time.

This sculpture is a pair with Night, on the opposite side of the staircase.

James Pradier (born Jean-Jacques Pradier) was a Genevan-born French sculptor best known for his work in the neoclassical style. He left for Paris in 1807 to work with his elder brother, Charles-Simon Pradier, an engraver, and also attended the École des Beaux-Arts from 1808. He won a Prix de Rome that enabled him to study in Rome from 1814 to 1818. Pradier made his debut at the Salon in 1819.

Pradier’s importance as an artist in his day is demonstrated by the fact that his portrait is included in François Joseph Heim’s painting Charles X Distributing Prizes to Artists at the Salon of 1824, now in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Nymph and Cupid, or Morning appears in the photograph taken of the Balcony in 1907.


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