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Auguste Nicolas Cain

Born in Paris, where he initially worked as a joiner, he later studied sculpture under Francois Rude, Alexandre Guionnet and Pierre Mene, and produced public sculpture, wax groups, and small animals and birds in bronze.

His Parisian group A Royal Bengal Tigress bringing the first food to its Young (1866) was reproduced twice for the New York based businessman, John S. Kennedy, who presented the casts to Glasgow, his home town, and New York, where he later settled. The Glasgow copy was the first sculpture erected in Kelvingrove Park (1867).

His best-known public work is the equestrian statue of Duke Charles of Brunswick in Geneva (1879).

He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1846, and won medals for his work in 1851, 1863, and at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1867.


Works in our Database:
1: Kelvingrove Park (West End),
Kelvingrove Park
Bengal Tigress (1866-7)
Sculptor: AN Cain; Foundry: F Barbedienne, Paris
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