Statues - Hither & Thither
Jean-Marie ValhubertJean-Marie Mellon Roger dit Valhubert
Avranches 1764 - Brno 1805
né à avranches
le 22 8bre 1764,
le 2 Xbre 1805
Signed: p. cartellier / 1815
(text plaque) c. baudet. / à villedieu.
Contemparories were sometimes not so positive on this statues, see the comment by Robert Bell in his "Wayside Pictures through France, Belgium, and Germany" in in Bentley's Miscellany (vol. 24, 1848, p. 512; separate publication in 1849, p. 107):
...they have erected a vulgar colossal statue in the square leading to the Bishop's gardens of one General Valhubert, who was killed at Austerlitz, a hero known only under the shadow of these flattering trees; while the celebrated Huet,* to whose memory they have always been promising a statue, has not even an inscription to record his name. The statue of the great unknown Valhubert occupies a more prominent stituation than the statue of Henry IV. at Caen. Such are the uncertainties of fame in places like Avranches ; such the accidents of popular sculpture.
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