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Jules Dumont d'Urville

Condé-sur-Noireau 1790 - Meudon1842
French explorer, naval officer and rear admiral.
(Wikipedia)
Dominik Mahlknecht (Molchneht) & Robert Delandre
1844/1944

Condé-sur-Noireau /  Jules Dumont d'Urville   Condé-sur-Noireau /  Jules Dumont d'Urville

Description

Stone statue of Dumont d'Urville, standing, leaning his left arm on a pile of books, pen in hand, right hand on his chest and holding a scroll. He is in uniform, with a sword at his side. On the pedestal are four bronze reliefs:
  1. (front) 1840: The discovery of Terre Adélie: ice mountains, inhospitable region, and the Astrolabe in the background.
  2. (right) 1820: The discovery of the Venus of Milo: D'Urville finds the Venus, in the background a Greek temple. In fact, the statue was found by the Greek peasant Yorgos Kentrotas (depicted on the left) and was in two pieces.
  3. (back) 1826: The expedition in the Pacific Ocean. This scene symbolizes the discovery of the remains of La Perouse's expedition at Vanikoro.
  4. (left) 1842: The railway accident of 8 May 1842 in Meudon, where D'Urville, his wife and son died.

Condé-sur-Noireau  / Jules Dumont d'Urville
1. Discovery of Terre Adélie
Condé-sur-Noireau  / Jules Dumont d'Urville
2. Discovery of the Venus of Milo
Condé-sur-Noireau  / Jules Dumont d'Urville
3. Expedition in the Pacific Ocean
Condé-sur-Noireau  / Jules Dumont d'Urville
4. Meudon railway accident, 8 May 1842

Inscription(s)

DUMONT d'URVILLE

Signed: (statue) r. delandre / 1944
(bronze reliefs 1 and 3) Doque Molchneht / 1844

At the foot of the pedestal are some rocks from Terre Adélie, with the plaque:

Condé-sur-Noireau - Jules Dumont d'Urville

L'Amiral DUMONT d'URVILLE
en 1840, decouvrait la terre adelie
et lui donnait le nom de sa femme.

don de Paul-Emile VICTOR
directeur des expeditions polaires francaises – 1969

Annotation

The original bronze statue was melted down by the German occupying forces in 1942, a marble replacement was later erected.

Condé-sur-Noireau  / Jules Dumont d'Urville

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Delandre, Robert
  • Dumont d'Urville, Jules
  • Explorer
  • Kentrotas, Yorgos
  • Mahlknecht (Molchneht), Dominik
  • Naval Officer
  • Statue
  • Train
  • Venus
  • Location (N 48°51'5" - W 0°32'58")

    Item Code: frbn034; Photograph: 26 May 2012
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