Jean-Paul Aubé was a French sculptor born in Longwy, France on July 5th 1837 and died in 1916. He was a student of Duret and of Dantan and studied at l’École des Beaux-Arts before studying decorative sculpture in Italy. He first displayed his work at the Salon d’Exhibitions in Paris in 1861 with a bust of Mérimée. He received a second medal in 1874 and a third in 1878 then receiving a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. He was also named as an officer de la Légion d’Honneur, one of the highest French orders of merit, both military and civil. His works can still be seen in many museums across France such as in La Rochelle, Montpelier, Nancy, Bourg and Bucarest to name but a few.