Louis-Theophile Hingre (1832 - 1911) was born in Ecouen, France on November 19th 1832. He went to Paris at a young age to study sculpture modeling and bronze casting. During those years he married and had 4 children. In the mid 1850s, Hingre moved to England where he worked for the famous Elkington & Co silver company of Birmingham producing decorative articles and sculptures. During this time, he also exhibited at the French Salons des Artistes in 1860.

Later he moved back to France where he lived in Paris and exhibited his works, winning several awards. He won a Gold Medal in the Exposition Collective Internationale in 1878, a Bronze Medal in 1889 and a Silver Medal in 1890 at the Expositions Universelles. Hingre continued to exhibit each year at the Salons until he was 78 years old in 1910. He died a year later at his daughter’s home in Ecouen.

Hingre was almost entirely an animal sculptor, and exhibited more than 30 models, most in plaster or Terra cotta. His works consist of intricate bas-relief plaques of animals to small statuettes and small animal groups. His subjects included farmyard animals such as bulls, goats, sheep, chickens and geese, along with dogs, horses, cats, rabbits, mice, peacocks, and other birds, even a dromedary camel with saddle and gear with a greyhound riding on top. . His sculpture of a Hen, “Poulailler", is in the collection of the Musée des Beaux Arts in Troyes, and many other works were given to his home city of Ecouen by both the artist in 1884, and by his daughter in 1926.

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