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Charles Cordier

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Charles Henri Joseph Cordier (19 October 1827 - 30 May 1905) was a French sculptor of ethnographic subjects. He is known for his polychrome sculptures in the later realist phase of Orientalism. Early life and education Cordier was born in Cambrai, North of Paris in 1827. Career In 1847, a meeting with Seïd Enkess, a former black slave who had become a model, determined the course of his career. His first success was a bust in plaster of a Sudanese man "Saïd Abdullah of the Mayac, Kingdom of the Darfur" (Sudan), exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1848, the same year that slavery was abolished in all French colonies. It is now housed at The Walters Art Museum. In 1851, Queen Victoria bought a bronze of it at the Great Exhibition of London. In 1851 he created “Bust of an African Woman" renamed "African Venus" by Théophile Gautier. From 1851 to 1866, Cordier served as the official sculptor of Paris' National Museum of Natural History. During this t
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