A terracotta bust of a child signed and dated 1798, with similar proportions and the same wasted socle as the present terracotta, is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers (MBA J 759 (J1881)S). Delaistre's exquisite 1813 terracotta portrait of Empress Marie-Louise in Fontainebleau can also be compared to this bust in the treatment of the mouth, eyes and hair.
Delaistre joined the studio of Louis-Claude Vassé at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and won the first prize for sculpture in 1772 for the bas-relief The Meal of King Balthazar for which he received a stipend to study in Rome. He was a friend of Augustin Pajou who influenced Delaistre's early works. From 1799 to 1814, Delaistre exhibited approximately 25 works at the Salon, 18 of which were portraits or busts. His talent in this field was recognized when he was chosen to portray the imperial couple (Napoleon and Marie-Louise).
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