In 1967, Historian & Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx was on Another Virginia Country-Side Venture In and Around Appomattox; the Site of the Surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia; Commanded by General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Circumstances Graced Mr. Amyx with an Opportunity to meet a Three Generation Former Slave Family. Their Forefathers were once Owned by a Prominent Virginia Slave-Owning Family. It was During an Extended Exchange with that once Slave Family that Mr. Amyx was Gifted with the Impressive Sculpture just below.
THE IMPOSING - "NOBLEWOMAN" - BY A GIFTED BUT UNKNOWN ARTIST - CIRCA 1825
As it turned out, this Dramatic Piece had Once Been the Property of the Virginia Slave Owners. The Slave Family had Removed it from the Slave Owner’s Ante-Bellum Mansion as the Union Army began to Quickly Encompass the Appomattox Area in 1865. The Ever-Loyal Slave Family had Stored the Sculpture in the Attic area above their Slave Quarters. At the time, Mr. Amyx was Gifted the Sculpture, there were Numerous Mud Dauber’s Nests in and around the Multiple Crevices of this Splendid Piece. When Mr. Amyx arrived Home in the D.C. Area of Virginia, he hurriedly took the Sculpture to the shower. After ten minutes, all the Dirt and Mud that had Accumulated on this Elegant Piece over a 102 Year Period of Time Finally Concluded its run to and through the shower’s drain. The Sculpture was Suddenly Transformed into the Captivating Elegance which appears above.
A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE BEAUTIFUL FACIAL DETAILS OF "NOBLEWOMAN" - CIRCA 1828
Later, Mr. Amyx had this Beautiful Piece Examined at the National Portrait Gallery (the Mellon Art Gallery – Pictured below) in Washington D.C. Experts Employed by the Gallery made Copious Notes, Examined and Photographed; and attributed the Sculpture to an unknown Artist, of Extraordinary Talent, in the Mediterranean Area (circa 1815-1830).
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Neither National Portrait Gallery Expert had ever seen another Example like it. A young Mr. Amyx was More Than Appropriately Pleased. Accordingly, he has Pridefully Displayed this Exquisite Example in his Home, since 1967. And that was some 44 years ago. In the near future, this Impressive piece of Art, from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note. It is Important to consider the long term preservation of such an historic piece of art.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - FOLLOWING RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - 2010