Prosper Charles Adrien d’Epinay was born in Port Louis, Mauritius; the son of a politician. He studied under sculptor Jean-Pierre Dantan in Paris and Luigi Amici in Rome. D’Epinay exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, between 1865 and 1881, while based in Rome. In 1883 he exhibited in Paris as a member of the Cercle de l’Union Artistique. He is best-known for busts of the Empress Eugenie; actress Sarah Bernhardt and artist Henri Regnault, as well as a statue of his father (in Mauritius), Venus with Golden Girdle (1874) and some eight busts of Queen Alexandra. He was awarded the Royal Victoria Order in honour of his eight busts of Alexandra. He later executed caricature portraits and exhibited cartoons at the Salon des Humoristes in Paris.
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