This bust is in our living room. You can see the profile of it in my banner above! His name’s Charlie. We inherited him years ago from my husband’s elderly uncle who was from Ireland. He was caked with grime from being in a basement when we received him.
Recently, my brother, the Art major, restored him for me. He took him home, cleaned him up, and gave him an alabaster glow. He even made the marble base for me with his name. On the back, my brother discovered the bust was made in 1886 (tried to get a pic for you but it wouldn’t come out!) and had the sculptor’s initials as well as the name of the person: Charles S. Parnell.
Clueless as to who he was and why so important to our Irish uncle, we googled him! Charles was considered a national hero for succeeding in leading Ireland to Home Rule. His career was sabotaged by being involved with a divorced woman. Scandalous in the day, to us no big digs! In the end, under opposition, he stuck with his woman, married her, and died in her arms.
Charlie, you deserve a place of honor in our house, you hopeless romantic!