• La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity) - Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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La Charité, dit aussi Maternité (Charity, also called Maternity)

Aimé-Jules Dalou

(French, 1838-1902)

Signed DALOU
Stamped AA Hébrard Cire Perdue
Bronze with brown patination
Height: 14" (35.5 cm)

Conceived circa 1877 and cast after 1902


In 1877 the Broad Street Ward of the City of London commissioned Dalou to design a statue to adorn the fountain behind the Royal Stock Exchange in London. The work was erected in marble and replaced with a bronze cast in 1897.

A.J. Dalou, Charity, London

The present model is a sketch for the final monument. Dalou had been exploring the maternal theme throughout the 1870s, much to the delight of his English patrons, and had produced a number of models of both peasant and bourgeois nursing mothers. Here the modelling is loose and impressionistic, but the composition faithfully echoes the finished monument, with the young mother staring lovingly down towards her infant whilst breastfeeding her baby.

Dalou made multiple studies for the work, developing these from a group of the Madonna and Child with the infant St. John which he later destroyed. In an earlier configuration, now in the collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Dalou sculpted the young child with his arms stretched upwards towards his mother. In another version, he experimented with the composition including a further child at the mother’s feet.

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