NP: NP, ca. 1890. Hardcover. Oblong Octavo. 25 leaves. Bound in three-quarter leather over dark gray cloth with gilt ruling at seams. Marbled endpapers. The album contains 51 silver gelatin prints, plus one small detail of a sculpture (3/4 x 2") pasted next to the print showing the artist in the company of a friend, probably in the artists home. Most of the prints are 5 x 6 3/4" in seize, with a few smaller prints. The photographs are pasted to heavy gray-green paper and are framed with a decorative red border, except for the first print pasted to the verso of the front endpaper, showing the artist on a rural street with geese.
Four of the prints show the artist in his home/studio with various sculptures of the artist depicted, with additional three prints of Labatut sculptures. Two of the prints show a quarry, presumably near the studio of the artist while the majority show Paris scenery, city life and architecture, e.g. the opera house, a Fire Department in action, while others show rural scenes with unidentified people strolling about. One of the prints is a photograph of the score and text of the Russian Hymn (Hymne Russe), with lyrics in French and Russian.
Binding with some wear along edges, light fraying of corners and top of spine. Some scuffing along joints of spine. Cloth rubbed. Silver gelatin prints with occasional oxidation along corners and some fading throughout. Overall in good condition. g. Item #44664
Jules Jacques Labatut (1851–1935) was a French sculptor from Toulouse. He died in Biarritz in April of 1935. After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse with Maurette and Auger in sculpture, Latger and Gorse in drawing, he went to Paris to study at the National School of Fine Arts with François Jouffroy and Antonin Mercié. Labatut is known for his bas-reliefs, allegorical statues in marble and bronze, and his busts. Stylistically his work is classified as neo-baroque. He debuted in 1881 at The Salon in Paris with his statue "Narcisse surprised by his beauty" and was awarded a medal of third class. He went on to Rome in the same year being awarded the first prize at the Prix de Rome. for the bas-relief Tyree singing his meceniennes. In 1889, at the World Fair in Paris, several of his sculptures were on display, and in 1894 he was decorated with the Legion of Honor. Two of his best known works are the "Dancing Satyr" and the sculpture for the Boulbonne Fountain in Toulouse. His works are in collections of museums in Bayonne, Biarritz, Nantes, Paris, and Toulouse.