A well-cast bronze sculpture of a French soldier stopping to light a pipe.
Louis Charles Justin Mennessier was born on 8 August 1815 in Metz. He was the brother of Jules Mennessier, the husband of Marie Nodier. He attended the military school at Saint-Cyr and became a career soldier whilst sculpting in his spare time. Many of his works were cast by Susse as well as the Alfred Daubrée foundry. Mennessier is believed to have perished at the battlefield in Magenta in 1859.
Examples of his work can be found in the Musée Condé, Chantilly.
|Height||16 inches (40.5cm)|
|Width||5 inches (12.5cm)|
|Depth||5.5 inches (14cm)|