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Mr. Bojangles Tripping the Light Fantastic - Oil Painting

Mr. Bojangles Tripping the Light Fantastic

Oil on Canvas              36 x 24 Inches                     $3,500 Framed

One of my favorite statues in the "City of Monuments" (Richmond, Virginia), is actually an aluminum monument in honor of Bill Bojangles Robinson, sculpted by Jack Witt and erected in 1973 at the corner of Adams and West Leigh Street. Bojangles, a native of Richmond, became famous for his tap-dancing skills and traveled the country performing in nightclubs, vaudeville, Broadway, and later in films, most memorably with Shirley Temple. He became quite successful, and once when visiting his hometown in 1933, he saw some children playing near a busy street trying to get their ball back from the traffic. Concerned about the dangerous intersection, he went to the city and paid for a traffic light to be installed there. His statue now resides at that very intersection.