Chaudet, born in Paris on March 3, 1763, studied under both Jean-Baptiste Stouf (1742-1826) and Etienne-Pierre-Adrien Gois (1731-1823). In 1784 Chaudet won the first prize in sculpture with a relief: Joseph Sold by His Brothers, which was his ticket to Rome. Back in Paris he was agréé (the stage of associate) in the tumultuous year of 1789 but he did not become a full academician. He did become a member of the Institut later in 1805. Chaudet exhibited a plaster statue of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and a terracotta group of Belisarius, a popular Neoclassical theme (a bronze version is in Malmaison), along with other works in the Salon of 1791. Like many other sculp
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