Suzanne, the son of a Parisian sculptor, was a pupil of Huez and a member of the Académie St.-Luc-Adjoint. He studied in Rome, and was a friend of Jacques Louis David. He exhibited in the Paris Salons, where his sculpture of Franklin was first seen in 1793. As part of a series of great men, it followed images of Rousseau, Voltaire, Mirabeau, and preceded that of Napoleon. which was shown in 1799.