Edouard Houssin (1847 - 1917) 1882 Life Size Cast Iron Sculpture of a "Page" in a renaissance costume. Signed and dated on base with Paris Salon Foundry also inscribed near base. Total Height: 88 inches (to tip of the spear). In 1856 he joined the Academic Schools of Douai, and there received several awards. In 1864 he moved to Paris and joined the private studios of Henri Lemaire of Valenciennes and Fran?ois Jouffroy of Dijon. In 1866 he was admitted to the sculpture section of the ?cole nationale sup?rieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1868 Houssin displayed his first bust to the Society of Friends of the Arts of Douai. From 1871 to 1877 he was professor of sculpture at the Douai Art Schools. He then returned to Paris, where he exhibited regularly at the Salon. His works were rewarded with several awards and medals. Many of his works were purchased by the state, and he received many public commissions. Early in 1894 he was appointed professor of modeling the National Manufacture of S?vres, a position he held until his death in 1919. On 17 January 1794 Houssin participated in a conference followed by a banquet hosted by Charles Bodinier at the Th??tre d'Application in honor of the poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore in the company of along with Paul Verlaine, ?mile Gall?, Robert de Montesquiou and other personalities of the art world.