"THE STAR THAT DIDN'T TWINKLE" by WALTER BIGGS (Virginian, 1886-1968)

Oil on canvas, 40 x 34 inches (canvas), 52 ½ x 46 ½ inches (frame), signed lower left, 22k gold leaf hand-carved frame.

(Illustrated in The Ladies Home Journal, May 1921. Guston Hall Plantation, home of the Great Virginian and “Father of the Bill of Rights,” George Mason (1725 – 1792), on the banks of the Potomac. “My old colored mammy, Chloe, was a perfect mine of family lore. She was a fine-looking old darky with crinkly white hair, and always dressed in black with a spotless apron.  What she didn’t know about the traditions of Gunston Hall she obligingly made up.”)

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