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    Photo: Ron Lee/The Silver Factory
Unfired clay, artificial hair, glass beads, paint
8 x 5.5 x 5 inches
Collection of
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund and partial gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

In James "Son" Thomas's clay bust of a bald gentleman in a pink shirt and tie, the sitter is unidentified, yet seems so sensitively individualized that it may have been an actual person rather than a generalized human head. Thomas's preferred bust-length format, of course, necessitated his concentration on facial features to express the individuality and character of his subjects. It seems likely that this gentleman's distinctive hair, blue eyes, and preference for bright-colored shirts left a clear impression in the artists memory.