Léon Joseph Chavalliaud
Born 29 January 1858
Died 15 February 1919
Active: 1880 - 1901
Country of birth and death: France
Born at Reims, Marne. He was apprenticed as a modeller in the studio of Bulteau in Reims, rue Buirette, afterwards he received a scholarship from the town to study at the école des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Chavalliaud was a pupil of Alexandre Falguière, of François Jouffroy, and above all of Roubaud the younger. In 1880 he won a Prix de Rome with his work 'Mère Spartiate'.
In the 1890s he received work in England, some of which was for Farmer and Brindley. Amongst the works Chavalliaud completed during the fifteen or so years he remained in Britain were eight statues in bronze and marble of famous naturalists and explores including Mercator, Linnaeus, Henry the Navigator, Columbus, Darwin and Captain Cook c.1896. These surrounded the exterior of the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool. (see Memorandum by Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust (TCP 53) at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199899/cmselect/cmenvtra/477/477mem57.htm, accessed 8 April 2010). He also contributed to the Memorial to J R Creighton, Carlisle (1898); tomb sculptures for monuments to Bishop Durnford, Chichester cathedral (1896) and the First Duke of Westminster, church of St. Mary, Eccleston, Cheshire (1901, with Farmer and Brindley); a statue of Cardinal Newman, Brompton Oratory, London (1896), and a memorial to the actress Mrs Siddon - a white marble statue after the 'Tragic Muse' by Reynolds - which was unveiled at Paddington Green by Sir Henry Irving on 14 June 1897. Chavalliaud died at Boissy-sans-Avoir, Yvelines.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1893 - 1904
Exhibited five times, usually one work (two in 1894), and almost all portrait busts.
Descriptions of Practice
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
RG13 piece 435 folio 21 page 33
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Robert Shaughnessy, ‘Siddons , Sarah (1755–1831)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25516, accessed 8 April 2010]
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
"Statue To Cardinal Newman." Times [London, England] 16 July 1896: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 16 Dec. 2011
Citing this record
'Léon Joseph Chavalliaud', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1203108534, accessed 27 Apr 2015]