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The French sculptor Jules Dalou fled to London in 1871 when he was implicated for his part in the Paris Commune. The painter Alphonse Legros, a fellow refugee, helped him obtain a job teaching clay-modelling at the National Art Training School in South Kensington, now the Royal College of Art. Not speaking English well, Dalou taught by demonstration. He was highly influential among younger British sculptors and he achieved considerable critical success in this country with the sculptures of intimate domestic subjects which he showned at the Royal Academy.
Dalou returned to France in 1880 and this seated nude dates from the later part of his career there.

August 2004