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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 12: Paris.—Society and the courts.—March to May, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
t, Pierre Paul Riquet, 1604-1680. He was the engineer as well as projector of the canal. the engineer who, in the time of Louis XIV., started the idea of the canal of Languedoc. I spent a long time in his atelier, during which the great artist was kind enough to show me the casts of his principal works. The statue of Riquet is colossal; it was just completed in the clay, and was to be modelled in marble by another hand. In one part of his atelier a workman was engaged on the statue of Cuvier: it was thus that I witnessed a practical illustration of what I had heard, that great artists confine themselves to modelling, leaving the heavy working in marble to other hands. David is a great Republican. He talked much about Republicanism; and to his views on this subject I was doubtless indebted for some of the cordiality with which I was received. Dined with Mr. Wilks at Passy, the residence of Benjamin Franklin; find Wilks a striking illustration of the literary Swiss, who lets hi