Christope Fratin (French, 1801 ~ 1864)
Fratin was born in Metz, the son of a taximerdist, from whom he acquired a sound knowledge of anatomy. He began exhibiting at the Salon in 1831 showing wax models of the English thoroughbred ‘Farmer’ and a study of Two Bulldogs fighting over a Hare. He worked exclusively as an animalier and produced numerous small busts of dogs, horses, domestic animals and their prey. He exhibited at the salon from 1831 to 1839 and from 1850 to 1864. Among his best known works is the group of two eagles guarding their prey in New York’s Central Park.