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Alfred-Désiré Lanson was a well-known academic sculptor, born in Orléans in 1851. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Rouillard, Jouffroy & Millet, working in Paris for most of his life. He exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1870 until his death in 1898. In 1889 he won a Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle for a sculpture now in the Louvre's collection.