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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Captain's Sculpture, parts 56 - 59

56. Often, in antique and second hand stores you will find old pieces of sculpture in either plaster or bronze. These things are usually about a foot or so high and often are of sentimental subject matter. 

57. I imagine these things are about fifty years old and probably graced some little table of some poor interior as an imagined touch of class.  As a matter of fact, there were two objects of this sort that my mother kept on the ledge of a window near the front door, at the foot of the stairs. 

58. There were two figures cast in plaster, one was a shepherd and the other was a shepherdess. The shepherd was on the left of the window-sill, and from that position he gazed longingly at the shepherdess who was two feet away, who looked at him coyly over her shoulder. 

59. They were poly-chrome sculpture, glazed in multiple colors, but mostly pastel tints. These two figures were the only sculpture I ever came across in my childhood excepting some full sized figures of Civil War heroes, and a life-sized bronze of General Lafayette, down on Lafayette Street.

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