Bronze with a nuanced brown patina
late 19th century
height 6 cm
length 14,8 cm
Arthur Marie Gabriel Count of Passage (1838-1909) was a French animal sculptor. He began a military career and at the same time practiced sculpture with illustrious masters such as Antoine-Louis Barye and Pierre-Jules Mêne. While serving as a second lieutenant in Maubeuge, he exhibited at the Salon in 1865. He also produced sports drawings published in the newspapers of the time. However, at this time of his life, he considered all this as a mere artistic training and didn't plan to leave the military career for art.
It was in 1862 that a heavy fall of horse definitively handicaped the count and that he must leave the profession of arms. If he had the greatest difficulty in walking, he could still ride on horseback and followed the many huntings. In addition, he became friends with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The sculptor worked in his studio, at Bernaville Castle in Frohen, and regularly sent his works to the Salon of the French Artists. One of the most famous works of Count of Passage was his "horse training with his lad".