Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) made this bust around 1863. It was made in several examplaires, of which at least one is in bronze.

Carrier-Belleuse, with whom Rodin worked in Belgium, made copies of his own works at workshops, excluding those in bronze.

Only one of these busts of Beethoven can be found in a public collection, in the museum of Ermitage at Saint-Petersburg…

Thanks to Laure de Margerie, from the Musée d’Orsay
who replied with clairty and kindness to my requests for research…