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    Striking Plaster Bust of John Singleton Mosby by American Master Sculptor Herbert Barbee. Mosby's achievements in command of a cavalry force of Virginia partisan rangers during the war require no embellishment. He is generally credited with prolonging the life of the Confederacy, and his military prowess in the field resulted in eastern Virginia being dubbed "Mosby's Confederacy."

    The son of prominent sculptor William Randolph Barbee, Herbert inherited his father's genius and succeeded to his tasks. Periodically studying in Italy, under his father's tutelage, Barbee became one of America's most prominent and prolific sculptors and by the end of the 19th century was renowned for his likenesses of prominent Virginians including Washington, Lee, and Jackson.

    This magnificent plaster bust of Mosby was completed and hand signed by Barbee in 1920. The bas-relief oval is 1" in depth, and measures 18½" X 24½". Mosby is depicted facing to the right in his Confederate colonel's frock coat with the three corresponding stars on the collar. The highly detailed Virginia state seal buttons are hand gilded. The intricate lines of his facial features and hair are well defined, giving the sense that this portrait could have been done from life, even though it was completed four year's after Mosby's death as a commemoration of the great cavalry officer's life. The condition of the piece is near perfect, just showing the slightest aging. Beautifully mounted in a 5" deep, highly carved, gilt frame with a beaded oval 26" opening. A highly desirable and very important work by one of America's most pre-eminent sculptors, depicting one of the most renowned figures in Virginia Confederate history.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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