Amélie Simier, Jules Dalou, le sculpteur de la République, exh. cat., Petit-Palais, Paris, 2013, p. 359, n. 288.
Monument to the memory of Queen Victoria's grandchildren (1877-1879) Exiled from France to escape his condemnation to forced labor in perpetuity, Dalou found in London a favorable welcome and the support of a clientele of financiers and landowners. In his genre and maternal scenes, he depicts a simple and intimate world, where maternal feelings are exalted and lauded far from social cleavages. In 1877 Dalou wins a commission for a funeral monument dedicated to the memory of five of Queen Victoria's grandchildren, for the private royal chapel in Windsor. A standing angel carries three children in his arms while the last two grasp its legs. This first monument is in place in June 1878 and Dalou is entrusted with a second commission by Queen Victoria in memory of Princess Mary Hesse, who had just died of typhoid fever.
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