Scheffer, Cornelia

BORN 29 Jul 1830, Paris - DIED 20 Dec 1899, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 22)

Cornelia Scheffer was the daughter of the painter Ary Scheffer. Her official mother was Maria Johanne de Nes, but possibly a woman of noble birth was her real mother. She was raised by her grandmother Cornelia Scheffer-Lamme.

She often visited her father's studio and in 1845 she married the surgeon René Marjolin, who was eighteen years her senior. he had asked for her hand after he had cured her from typhus. As a sculptor she created busts of her father and of Goethe.

After he father's death in 1858 she bought his house and his studio. When she disapproved of F.A. Bartholdi's design for a monument for her father in Dordrecht she created a new design together with Joseph Mezzara, a former pupil of her father. It was unveiled on 8 May 1862 but she was enable to attend due to illness.

During the 1860s she designed pottery that was decorated by Édourd Manet. She died in 1899 in Paris and was buried in the family grave at the Montmartre cemetery.

• Father: Scheffer, Ary

Related persons
• made a sculpture of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• made a sculpture of Scheffer, Ary


The grave of Ary Scheffer at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)


The grave of Ary Scheffer at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


Scheffer, Paul

Published: 24 Mar 2018
Last update: 11 Dec 2022