This originally bronze bust (this was scanned at the Atelier de Moulages in Paris as a plaster cast) was sculpted by Pierre Jean David d'Angers depicting Alphonse de Lamartine (1792-1869).
Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, chevalier de Prat (21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869), was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France.
Alphonse De Lamartine was also an orientalist with a particular interest in Lebanon and the Middle East. He travelled to Lebanon, Syria and the Holy Land in 1832–33. During that trip, while he was in Beirut, on 7 December 1832, he lost his only remaining child, Julia. During his trip to Lebanon he had met prince Bashir Shihab II and prince Simon Karam who were enthusiasts of poetry. A valley in Lebanon is still called the valley of Lamartine as a commemoration of that visit, and the Lebanon Cedar forest still harbors the “Lamartine Cedar”, which is said to be the Cedar under which Lamartine had sat 200 years ago. Lamartine was so influenced by his trip that he staged his 1838 epic poem La Chute d’un ange (“The Fall of an Angel”) in Lebanon.
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