Francois Girardon, a French sculptor, born in Troyes, March 16, 1628, died in 1715. He was furnished by Chancellor Seguier with the means of studying his art in Paris and Italy.

He was patronized by Colbert, and received orders from the king for groups and statues in several of the royal palaces and gardens. In 1690 he was appointed general inspector of sculpture, to succeed Lebrun. Some of his most celebrated works were destroyed during the revolution. The most important of those that remain are Richelieu's mausoleum in the chapel at the Sorbonne, and his groups of the "Bath of Apollo and the Rape of Proserpine in the Versailles garden.