Isidore Jules Bonheur
1827 - 1901
Born in Bordeaux, Jules was the brother of Auguste Bonheur and Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899). "It is I who first gave modeling and sculpture lessons to my brother Isidore" (Rosa Bonheur)
He studied painting at first, enrolling in 1849 at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, though he made his debut at the Salon and exhibited regularly until 1899.
Exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1870s, and won the coveted Médaille d'Or (gold medal)
Antoine Louis-Barye 1796 - 1875
Born in Paris,France, Barye began his career as a goldsmith, like many sculptors of the Romantic Period. He first worked under his father, Pierre, but around 1810 worked under the sculptor Guillaume-Mertin Biennais, who was a goldsmith to Napoleon. After studying under sculptor Francois-Joseph Bosio in 1816 and painter Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, he was (in 1818) admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts.