MERCIÉ, Jean-Antonin (1845 - 1916)
Size: 31.5 cm
Acquired: 1994; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 594
Mercié’s sculpture of David with the head of the giant Goliath was seen as a symbol of hope for a French nation weakened by their defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. It was such a popular image that miniature bronzes like this one were produced in six different sizes. The sculptor’s blend of classicism and realism influenced the New Sculpture Movement in Britain.