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date: 19 October 2019

Nieuwerkerke, (Alfred-Emilien O’Hara), Comte delocked

(b Paris, April 16, 1811; d Lucca, Jan 16, 1892).
  • Suzanne Gaynor

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(b Paris, April 16, 1811; d Lucca, Jan 16, 1892).

French museum director, sculptor and collector. He was a member of a prominent Royalist family, and his military career ended with the abdication of Charles X in 1830. He studied sculpture under Carlo Marochetti and specialized in historical and contemporary portraiture, his best-known works being the bronze equestrian statue of William the Silent (1845) in front of the Paleis Noordeinde at The Hague, a bronze statue of René Descartes (exh. Salon 1846) in front of the Hôtel de Ville at La Haye-Descartes, Indre-et-Loire, and a bronze equestrian statue of Napoleon I (1854) at the Place d’Armes, La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée. He exhibited at the Salon intermittently between 1842 and 1861.

A liaison with Princesse Mathilde Bonaparte advanced Nieuwerkerke’s career, and in 1848 he was appointed Directeur-Général des Musées by Louis-Napoléon (later Napoleon III). From 1851 he had apartments in the Louvre, where he held regular receptions attended by artists, politicians and aristocrats, some of whom are depicted in ...

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