Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio
By 1889, Valentine’s success had rendered the space inadequate for his many commissions and assistants, and he built a larger annex for casting and marble carving. The original structure continued to serve as a modeling studio and space where the sculptor received guests, taught students and managed his business affairs.
Threatened with demolition after Valentine’s death in 1930, this former carriage house was rescued, dismantled and rebuilt here in 1936. Today it is one of only four nineteenth century sculptors’ studios in the US open to the public, offering a rare opportunity to view a large collection of original artwork within the setting in which it was created, along with the sculptor’s tools and other personal effects. Though the skylight did not survive the studio’s reconstruction, the large window continues to illuminate the extraordinary sculpture of Edward Valentine.
Edward Virginius Valentine, 1838-1930
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His prolific studio became a popular tourist destination, visited by such luminaries as writer Oscar Wilde and actors Joseph Jefferson and Edwin Booth. Genial and informative, Valentine spoke knowledgeably of his art and of the history of Richmond.
In accordance with the final wishes of his older brother, Mann S. Valentine Jr., Edward and his nephews established the Valentine Museum in 1892. From its opening in 1898 until his death in 1930, Edward served as its president. He bequeathed his own sculpture, papers, furniture and memorabilia to the museum, where they may be viewed by visitors and scholars today
Location. 37° 32.48′ N, 77° 25.874′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Clay Street near North 10th Street. Click for map. This marker is located in the Courtyard of The Valentine Richmond History Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Valentine Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Wickham-Valentine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant House / Sheltering Arms Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Maupin - Maury House (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Fontaine Maury (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander H. Stephens House Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); White House of the Confederacy (about 500 feet away); President’s Mansion (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the center left is a photograph of, "Valentine's studio at Leigh Street, ca. 1890. Shuttered buildings in background is 1889 annex." Also on the center left is a photograph of "Edward V. Valentine, 1872." On the center right is a photograph of, "The artists inside his studio, with busts of Jefferson Davis on modeling stand, ca. 1910."
Also see . . .
1. The Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio. The Valentine Richmond History Center (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Famed Valentine Studio Doomed By Plans for Atheletic Field. Richmond Then and Now - Richmond Times-Dispatch (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
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