Charles-René Laitié was a pupil of the sculptor Claude Dejoux. He won second prize in the Grand Prix de Rome in 1803, and first prize in 1804. He showed at the Salon from 1812 to 1838, and was a medallist in 1824. Amongst his most notable works is his La Justice et La Force on the east façade of the Louvre. Here he is shown working on La Force for l’œilde boeuf’ of the Cour Carrée at the Louvre, which was exhibited at the Salon of 1824.
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