Edward Virginius Valentine (1838-1930) sculpted the Robert E. Lee memorial in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. In Richmond, he’s famous for the statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Hotel. In an artistic career that spanned 50 years, Valentine worked in clay, plaster, marble and bronze to produce portrait busts, ideal figures and public sculpture.
The studio building is one of only four surviving 19th century sculptors’ studios in the United States that is open to the public. Visit the studio and share in Valentine’s artistic training, career development, major commissions and personal favorites. The current studio has been rennovated and features hundreds of Valentine’s original works and tools, photographs, and personal effects. It offers a rare opportunity to see a large collection of artworks by an individual artist within the setting where they were created.