The first in a long line of sculptors was Pierre Dumont (d. 1737), who was a member of the Accademia di San Luca, Rome, and sculptor to Leopold, Duke of Lorraine (reg. 1697–1729), for whom he provided decorative work in, among other places, Nancy (1719; destroyed). The career of his son François Dumont, was cut short by a tragic accident. François's son Edme Dumont, grandson Jacques-Edme Dumont and great-grandson Augustin-Alexandre Dumont were all winners of the Prix de Rome for sculpture. François's brother Jacques Dumont was a painter and printmaker.