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Bust of Alexis-Jean-Eustache Taitbout (1705 - 1778)
Jean-Jacques Caffieri (French, 1725 - 1792)
France (Place created)
Terracotta on plaster socle
64.5 x 36 x 27.7 cm (25 3/8 x 14 3/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
Rising from a rounded socle, Alexis-Jean-Eustache Taitbout's head turns. A relaxed smile softens his bulbous features, and his eyes are sparkling and alive. His prominent nose, furrowed forehead, bushy eyebrows, and soft, aging flesh suggest a sympathetic, kind disposition. To suggest informality, Jean-Jacques Caffieri left the surface rough and rendered the sitter in casual garb. Caffieri, who was known for his portrait
Taitbout was an aristocrat, a knight of the order of Saint-Lazare, who served as French general consul to Alger, Algeria and then to Naples. The sculptor likely modeled the portrait from life and chose to memorialize Taitbout's warm humanity.