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Although the title of this bronze is Petit Georges with the artist recorded as J. L., as that is the stamp bottom left, is the Georges Petit signature bottom right in fact the artist's name?
This discussion is now closed. The sculptor was identified as Georges Petit (1879–1958). The initials ‘JL’ refer of the foundry of Joseph Lissoir of Liège. The sitter was confirmed as Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad (1875–1934), Albert I of Belgium (1909–1934). Both the sculptor and the foundry are new additions to the list of artists on Art UK.
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This has similarities with portraits by the Belgian sculptor Georges Petit. The Collection’s online record states 'plaque depicting bust of French Officer; 'Petit Georges'' but could this be a Belgian uniform?
I would not pretend to be an expert on Belgian uniforms of the Great War but their officer's kepis (caps) did bear a cockade at the top edge and a strap. French kepis did not have this arrangement. French jackets were single-breasted rather than double-breasted as shown here. I suggest that a query is made to the Belgian army Museum in Brussels. The insignia, which I take to be a rank badge, on the greatcoat collar appears to indicate an officer of Grenadiers, possibly a colonel as he has three stars. See Army Uniforms of World War I by Andrew Mollo.
This link shows that the medal was issued in memory of Albert I, King of the Belgians, in his uniform and kepi:
The piece, therefore, is by Georges Petit.
That should be in honour or celebration of, not in memory of!
Petit fashioned a second medallion with the King as its subject, in 1918. The same JL monogram is visible on the face of it, as is Petit's signature and date:
The JL monogram is for the foundry of Joseph Lissoir of Liège.
As ever Kieran gets in ahead, well done! I hadn't identified the sitter, but was just writing to ask for a higher-res of the monogram, which I suspected was the foundry or publisher's mark for an edition of the plaque. There are comparable good-quality multiple of sculpture of British war leaders, such as Richard Belt's reduced-size version of his 1916 bust of Kitchener.
The Royal Library of Belgium holds several examples of this same medallion.
Here is another good example of the artistic partnership between Petit and Lissoir:
Georges Petit (1879 - 1958)
Georges Petit was born on the 14th March 1879, in Lille, France, to Belgian parents, and died at Ampsin, in the province of Liège, Belgium, on the 28th December 1958:
Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad (1875 - 1934) (Albert I); King of the Belgians (1909 - 1934)
As Petit was a fervent Walloon, the French version of the King's name might be best used.
Hello, You could find some information on Georges Petit (1879 - 1958)
JP Cappoen M.D. preparing a Ph.D on Henri Harpignies at Lille University.
Thank you, though your first link is the same as the one in the previous posting.
As this discussion has successfully identified the artist of this plaque as Georges Petit (1879-1958), the initials 'JL' as those of the foundry of Joseph Lissoir of Liège and the subject as King Albert I of the Belgians (1875-1934) in the uniform of an officer of the Belgian Army, I recommend that it may now be closed.