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Bust of General Frederick Sleigh Roberts, V.C., K.G., 1896
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Bust of General Frederick Sleigh Roberts, V.C., K.G., 1896

Measurements: Height overall: 19cm (7.5in)

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Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, V.C., K.G., (1832-1914) was in Ireland in 1896 completing his Indian memoir, when this bust was created by the young sculptor Richard Garbe. Roberts was a safe bet for a commercially minded bronze founder as Roberts was widely known for his gallantry as a young officer in the Indian Rebellion during which he won his Victoria Cross, and more recently for his famous forced march from Cabul to the relief of British forces at Kandahar during the Second Afghan War (1878-1880). Roberts would go on to serve as the Commander-in-Chief, India before taking command of British Forces in the Second Boer War. He was made a Knight of the Garter and also created Earl of Kandahar in Afghanistan and Pretoria in the Transvaal Colony and of the City of Waterford and Viscount St Pierre.

Richard Louis Garbe, R.A. (1876-1957) was born in Dalston, London, the second son of Gustave Garbe, an ivory carver. He trained in his father's workshop but also studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He later returned to teach there (1899-1929), also becoming Head of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1926-46). Although Garbe practiced and taught modelling he was primarily a carver.. He made a number of sculptures in ivory, including 'Primavera' which is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Garbe's best known large-scale work was the pair of groups for the east pavilion of the National Museum of Wales at Cardiff representing the medieval and modern periods. He was nominated for election to the Royal Academy by Frampton, Thornycroft, Goscombe John, Pegram, Pomeroy, and several others in 1912 but did not become an A.R.A. until 1929 and a Royal Academician until 1936.
 

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