Louis-Philippe Mouchy

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Louis-Philippe Mouchy
Born(1734-03-31)31 March 1734
Paris, France
Died10 December 1801(1801-12-10) (aged 67)
Paris, France

Louis-Philippe Mouchy (31 March 1734 – 10 December 1801) was a French sculptor.

Early years[edit]

Louis-Philippe Mouchy was born in 1734. He was a student of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and married Pigalle's niece.[1] Mouchy followed Pigalle's style closely throughout his career.[2] He was given provisional membership of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture on 27 September 1766 and was admitted as a full academician on 25 June 1768.[1] His reception piece was Un Berger qui se repose (Shepherd at Rest).[2] Diderot described this work as "a rather literal copy of the first figure one sees to the left when entering the Tuileries from the Pont Royal.[1]


Mouchy made a statue of Cupid Carving his Darts from the Club of Hercules from an original by Edmé Bouchardon. The copy was installed in a small round Temple of Love built for Marie Antoinette by Richard Mique in the garden of the Petit Trianon.[3] Mouchy collaborated with Simon-Louis Boizot (1743–1809) on statues for Saint-Sulpice. He was more comfortable with realist work, where the subjects were dressed in 17th century costumes, than with the classical style. His marble seated figure of Harpocrates, an ancient god, was criticized as being "spindly", with a head that did not appear noble.[2]

Mouchy was made an assistant professor at the Académie royale, which gave him precedence when the comte d'Angiviller was commissioning statues of prominent Frenchmen for the state after Louis XVI of France became king in 1774.[4] Only Augustin Pajou received more commissions.[2] Mouchy made busts of Voltaire and Maurice de Saxe for the Marquis de Marigny to decorate his garden.[5] Mouchy accepted a commission from the controller-general, Joseph Marie Terray (1715–78), for a statue of Apollo, representing the Arts. It was to be paired with Pajou's statue of Mercury, representing commerce. After Terray died his collection was auctioned off in January 1779. Neither statue was complete, and they had to be viewed in the sculptors' studios.[6]

Mouchy's son-in-law was the painter and engraver Philibert-Louis Debucourt. In the marriage contract Mouchy generously offered to provide a three-room apartment at the Louvre, where Debucourt lived for twelve and a half years.[7] Mouchy died in 1801.[2]



  1. ^ a b c Goodman 1995, p. 312.
  2. ^ a b c d e Levey 1993, p. 250.
  3. ^ D'Hoste 2008, p. 124.
  4. ^ Scherf 2005, p. 18.
  5. ^ Gordon 2003, p. 94.
  6. ^ Bailey 2002, p. 81-82.
  7. ^ Taws 2013, p. 181.


  • Bailey, Colin B. (2002). Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-revolutionary Paris. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08986-8. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • D'Hoste, J. Georges (2008). Tutta Versailles. Ediz. Inglese. Casa Editrice Bonechi. ISBN 978-88-476-2294-4. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • Goodman, John (1995). Diderot on Art: The salon of 1767. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-06252-6. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • Gordon, Alden R. (2003). The Houses and Collections of the Marquis de Marigny. Getty Publications. ISBN 978-0-89236-694-1. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • Levey, Michael (1993). Painting and Sculpture in France, 1700–1789. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-06494-0. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • Scherf, Guilhem (2005-06-01). "Houdon, "Above all Modern Artists"". Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-67649-4. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  • Taws, Richard (2013). The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France. Penn State Press. ISBN 978-0-271-06189-4. Retrieved 2014-07-01.

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