Published 25th October 2012
A bronze study of Joan of Arc listening to the voices by Jules Bastien Lepage (1848-1884) is being offered for sale on the 1st November 2012 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's salerooms in Exeter. Prospective buyers will be able to bid in person or via the Internet.
Joan is dressed as a shepherdess wrapped in a heavy shawl and leaning on a staff. It bears similarities to Lepage's study in oil of Joan of Arc, currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The figure stands 34cm high.
The bronze appears to be one of only twelve cast, one of which is currently with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and one which was offered in Sotheby's sale of 17th June 1986 as lot 601.
In her biography of the artist published ten years after his death, Julia Cartwright makes reference to a clay study of Jeanne d'Arc modelled as a shepherdess leaning on a crook.
Provenance: James Jebusa Shannon (1862 - 1923) Anglo-American artist, thence by family descent.