Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)1843

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) worked as a typefounder, printer, and editor before achieving fame as a writer with "Le Dernier chouan" in 1829. The creator of the realistic novel, he is considered France's greatest novelist.

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  • Title: Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
  • Creator: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Date Created: 1843
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  • Roles: Artist: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: medallions (medals); portraits
  • Medium: bronze
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Bottom center: David; [Date] Bottom center: 1843; [Inscription] On left: Balzac; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
  • Dimensions: Diam: 7 5/16 in. (18.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters
  • Classification: Metal
  • Accession Number: 54.838