“William,” Whiteface Dartmoor Ram

94| Nick Bibby (British, b. 1960)

“William,” Whiteface Dartmoor Ram

Starting bid: $4,500.00

Signed, Edition 5/12 with Pangolin foundry mark

Bronze, 9.25" x 9.25"

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Breed Champion - Devon County Show 2007, 2008; Yealmpton Show 2007, 2009; Okehampton Show 2009
Best Whiteface Dartmoor Ram [all flocks] 2008

"Having been impressed by William at the Devon County Show, I asked his owners, Phil and Alison Abel, for permission to sculpt him, which they were happy to give. William is a superb example of the breed, having won twelve championship firsts to date, including 'Best Whiteface Dartmoor Ram in all flocks 2008,' meaning that he was the best Whiteface Dartmoor ram in the world that year! His fleece is fabulously thick and heavy - far too warm to stay unshorn after a show, so I photographed him there and then, beside the sheep pens.

I settled down to sculpt William; choosing clay, because it allowed me to carve and model the complex tight curls of that glorious fleece. I spent quite some time on this before moving on to his sturdily elegant legs. His broad, characterful head went well; though getting the curl of his horns exactly right took careful measurement and observation. Once the original clay sculpture was finished it was off to Pangolin foundry for casting! I chose a rich, creamy patina, to match the colour of William's own fleece, and Pangolin added a heavy, dark bronze base to contrast and compliment it; a combination that works really well."

- Nick Bibby

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