Jean Jacques Pradier, a French sculptor, born in Geneva, May 23, 1792, died near Paris, June 4, 1852. He belonged to a family which had left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, was sent to Paris while yet a boy, studied under the sculptor Lemot, and received from Napoleon a small pension. He gained a gold medal when 21 years of age, and the next year obtained by his " Philoctetes at Lemnos" the great prize of sculpture, which entitled him to a residence of four years in Italy at the expense of the government. At the exhibition of 1819 a gold medal was awarded to him, and in 1827 he was elected a member of the academy of fine arts, to fill the seat left vacant by his master Lemot. Among the most admired of his works are " Psyche," the " Three Graces," " Gyparissus," "Venus and Cupid," "The Bacchante and the Satyr," "Phryne," La poesie legere and the two muses which adorn the fountain of Moliere in Paris, " Industry " in the Paris exchange, " Liberty " in the former chamber of deputies, " Phidias " in the Tuileries garden, and statues of saints in several Paris churches.