Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay

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Victorious Christ, pediment of the Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church in Paris

Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay (French pronunciation: ​[oɡyst jasɛ̃t dəbɛ]; Nantes 2 April 1804 – 24 March 1865 Paris) was a French painter and sculptor.

Life and career[edit]

Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay was born in Nantes, France on 2 April 1804. His father, Joseph Jan Baptiste de Bay, 1829, was an eminent sculptor who worked in Paris and locally in Nantes.[1] Debay learned sculpting from his father at an early age, but started his career as a historical painter.[2] On August 28, 1817, he was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and exhibited his first portraits to The Salon at the age of thirteen.[2] After studying under Gros, he obtained the Prix de Rome in 1823.[3] Soon after this he gave up painting for sculpture, which he studied under his father, and in which he was successful. Some of his historical paintings are displayed at the Versailles.[2]



  1. ^ Thomas, Joseph (2010). The Universal Dictionary of Biography and Mythology: Clu-hys. p. 731. ISBN 1616400714. 
  2. ^ a b c Rothkopf,, Eric M. Zafran ; with the assistance of Katherine; Resendez, Sydney (1998). French paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, Mass.: The Museum. ISBN 0878464611. 
  3. ^ Bockol, Pierre Kjellberg ; translated by Kate D. Loftus, Alison Levie & Leslie (1994). Bronzes of the 19th century : dictionary of sculptors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. p. 264. ISBN 0887406297.