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    Plaster Bust of Union General Henry F. Clarke by Volk. General Henry F. Clarke was a West Point graduate, class of 1843. Born in Pennsylvania in 1821, he taught artillery and mathematics at the Academy before seeing service in the Seminole War and prior to becoming Chief of the Commissariat of the Utah Expedition. He was appointed a major at the outbreak of the Civil War, served with the Army of the Potomac, and fought at Gettysburg where he earned brevets as brigadier and later major general for his war service.

    Leonard W. Volk was a noted sculptor during the Civil War having followed Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas before the war, ultimately crafting his famous casts of Lincoln's hands. This 12" high plaster bust sculpture of General Clarke measures 12" across and depicts Clarke in his dress major's uniform and wearing a medal on his chest. Inscribed at the front is "Genl. H. F. Clarke, U.S.A." On the reverse is "L. W. Volk 1889".

    Painted a dark beige, there are small chips exposing the unpainted surfaces underneath at the front, on the left eyebrow and on Clarke's left shoulder board. This is an overall nice display piece of a soldier who won his stars at Gettysburg.

    Included in this lot are all of Clarke's medals, including the very medal that is prominently displayed on his chest in this bust portrait. Originally purchased from the Clarke family along with his nephew's (Alexander Grayson) pewter mug (see Lot 74235).

    Provenance: The Clarke family; The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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