Jean-Pierre Dantan’s Caricature Bust of Ernst« Back to Questions List

The French sculptor Jean-Pierre Dantan (1800-69) was a friend of Ernst’s [HWE:56-7] and made a caricature bust of the violinist (other subjects for busts and statuettes included Liszt - several times - Paganini, Haumann, Rubini, Hugo etc). Ernst sold many copies of his portrait bust at his concerts in the South of France in 1837. In a letter to Dantan on 23rd March 1837 from Marseilles, Ernst writes: ‘As of this moment, your busts have not yet arrived, and this upsets me because during my stay here, I could have used a few dozen more. The ones which did arrive are already reserved.’ [HWE:63] There are images of many of Dantan’s statuettes in books and online, but I have not yet discovered the bust of Ernst. Clearly, several dozen were sold in the South of France, and I imagine quite a few more in the Paris area, so some of them should still exist. Does anyone know where a bust or an image of it can be found? (Mark Rowe, 31/10/2013)

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Asked on February 11, 2014 12:25 am

I have also searched for Dantan’s Ernst. No luck. The closest I got finding something of interest was:

I did see it in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris. Maybe a replica can be made -

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Answered On March 18, 2014 9:05 pm