In the late 19th century, Jules Dalou was considered Auguste Rodin's rival for the title of greatest French sculptor. Born to a glovemaker in Paris in 1838, Dalou was politically active and an advocate of the working man all his life, sympathetically depicting the lower classes in his art. Dalou attended both the Petit Ecole and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, though he felt that the formalist limitations of the Ecole's academic style stifled him artistically. He turned completely against it after failing to ...
The son of Peter and Jeanne Dupuy David, John worked in his father's shop on Second Street and must have carried on the business after his father's death in 1755. In 1722 he advertised in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette at Second Street, corner of Chestnut, near Draw Bridge. A son, John David, Jr., was also a silversmith in Philadelphia, but did not work with his father, except perhaps as an apprentice.