Auguste-Nicolas Cain (1821-1894), sculptor and designer renowned for his animal figures, entered the studio of Alexandre Guionnet and then François Rude, augmenting his training by drawing animals in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. During the 1840s he worked for the goldsmiths François-Auguste Fannière and François-Joseph-Louis and made models for the house of Christofle, exhibiting small-scale animal sculptures at the Salon from 1846 onwards. He went into partnership with the sculptor Pierre-Jules Mène, whose daughter he married in 1852, casting many of his own works in bronze at their foundry.
Cain began to receive official commissions in the 1850s, making animal sculptures to decorate the Egyptian department in the Louvre, the grounds of Fontainebleau, the palaces of the Tuileries where he also provided four sculptural groups for the gardens, the Louvre and the Elysée, as well as the Jeu de Paume at Versailles. He was also involved in the decoration of the Opéra, the Hotel de Ville and the Palais du Trocadéro in Paris. Outside France, Cain is represented in public sites in New York, Buenos Aires and Geneva.
The Grand Prix de Paris is a race run over 3,000 meters for three year old fillies and colts at Longchamp racecourse. In 1866 the the race was won by Duke of Beaufort's Ceylon.