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VALENTINE, Edward Virginius, sculptor, born in Richmond, Virginia, 12 November, 1838. He was educated in Richmond, and when a mere boy studied anatomy at the medical college of that city. His first desire for art arose from a visit to the New York exhibition in 1851. After receiving such instruction in drawing and modelling as could be obtained in Richmond, he went to Europe in 1859 to study. Upon his return he opened a studio in Richmond, and exhibited a statuette of Robert E. Lee. He made several ideal heads, among them "The Samaritan Woman" and "Penitent Thief," which were admired for their facial expression, and several portrait busts of southern leaders, including General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, General James E. B. Stuart, " Stonewall" Jackson, Commander Matthew F. Maury, and General Albert Sidney Johnston, a colossal head of Hmboldt, a head of Beethoven, a portrait bust of Edwin Booth, and " Grief," a marble female figure. He was finally given the commission to execute the marble figure of General Robert E. Lee (see illustration), in the mausoleum attached to the chapel of Washington and Lee university at Lexington, Virginia This is among the finest pieces of sculpture of the kind in the United States. Another of his works is a group representing Andromache and Astyanax.
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