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Edme Dumont (1722–1775)

Sculptor and engraver chiefly of mythological subjects who was born and lived all his life in Paris. His father, François Dumont, was a sculptor, as was his son, Jacques-Edme Dumont. He trained under Edme Bouchardon and won the Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1748 (though never visited Italy). In 1752, while still a student at the École des Elèves Protégés, he was accepted by the Académie Royale, but only received as a full member in 1768 on presentation of his marble reception piece, Milo of Croton (h. 0.78cm; Louvre). Dumont exhibited at the Paris Salon, 1753–71; his major works include Cephalus contemplates the present from Procris and Diana and Endymion asleep. He also executed pedimental sculptures for the Manufacture de Sèvres and the Hôtel de la Monnaie, Paris.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 187, 188; Oxford Art Online: (i) Benezit Dictionary of Artists(ii) Grove Art Online.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022

Dumont, Edme

French School, 18th century, Edme Dumont, oil on canvas (photo: public domain)