Pierre Jules Mêne (1810-1879) was a pioneer of animal sculpture and is best known for his works of horses and dogs. Born in Paris, he trained with his father, who was a metalworker. He established his own foundry in 1838, where he cast and sold bronzes, and made his debut at the Salon with a bronze entitled Dog and Fox. Throughout his career he was a regular exhibitor at the Salon, where he was awarded a medal in 1848, and first class medals in 1852 and 1861. He was also the recipient of the Legion d’Honneur, and his work is in institutions worldwide including Art Institute of Chicago, the Louvre in Paris, and Courtauld Institute of Art in London.