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I hope you like these web references to this famous American sculptor. I found his name in a wide variety of contexts. He is held in uniformly high regard. His work, his students, and his life have enriched us all. In every case I have provided a link to the original material. You will find some fascinating stories and characters!! Suggestions welcome, links to photos of his work particularly welcome.
See Also: Books about Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the online bookstore.
Augustus Saint Gaudens - Web Portrait
- Saint-Gaudens National Historic
Site Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire
consists of the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus
Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's greatest sculptors. Please note: the site has been updated and a basic profile on
Saint-Gaudens is available in a number of languages - Español, Francais, Italiano, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Portugal), Português (Brazil), Pycckom (Russian), Ukraine, Japanese.
- The National Park Service is responsible for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. They have a brief Museum Collection
Profile which indicates the scope of site is beyond simply sculpture.
- NGA -- Shaw Memorial Home
Page "The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art,
Washington. The Shaw Memorial Project is made possible by the generous support
of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art. Additional support is provided by
Shell Oil Company Foundation. The memorial, along with related studies, will
remain on view until January 4, 1998, when the American galleries will close for
skylight replacement. The sculpture will return to public view again in the fall
of 1998. " Lesson Plans Selected Bibliography Related Websites Related Works
- "Augustus Saint-Gaudens's magnificent statue of
Lincoln, located on the east side of the building, is an enduring symbol of the
special relationship of America's sixteenth president to the [Chicago] Historical
Society." "Sculpture: The collection includes nearly four hundred sculptures
in marble, bronze, plaster, and wood, as well as more unusual media, such as
plastic, found objects, and macerated currency. Portrait busts and bronze
reliefs or plaques compose the largest segment of the sculpture collection.
Other items include artists' models for large-scale bronzes, pedestals, and life
and death masks. Images of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant predominate;
many more pieces depict Chicagoans"
- "James Earle Fraser (1876--1953), sculptor and assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Fraser designed the buffalo nickel
and his End of the Trail (1915), an image of an exhausted Indian hunched over
his tired horse, is one of the most recognized sculptures of the American West." Peter
A. Juley and Son Collection at National Museum of American Art.
- "DANIEL CHESTER
FRENCH (1850-1931) After a decade of adorning customs house and post
offices, French traveled to Paris, made the friendship of Saint Gaudens, and executed the arresting statue of GENERAL
LEWIS CASS for the Capitol in Washington. "
things that happened March 1:
- "The Young Octavian was extremely popular, and other American sculptors, such as Horatio Greenough,
Harriet Hosmer, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, made
copies of it."
- "Among those represented in this comprehensive
catalogue are such neoclassical sculptors as Horatio Greenough, Hiram
Powers, Thomas Crawford, and William Wetmore Story; such post-Civil war artists
as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Olin Levi Warner, and
Daniel Chester French; and such early twentieth- century sculptors as Maurice
Sterne, Paul Manship, and Gaston Lachaise."
- "At the western end of the Court of Honor was New York architect Richard
Morris Hunt's Administration Building. This structure, like most of the fair's
major buildings, was surrounded and adorned by allegorical statuary (under the
supervision of Augustus St. Gaudens, sculptor of the
statue of Abraham Lincoln at the south end of Lincoln Park), including one
representing "Fire Controlled," by Karl Bitter." The Great Chicago
Fire and the Web of Memory - Administration Building
- "Upon his return from abroad, Volk set up a sculpture studio in Chicago,
where he first met Lincoln in 1858. They met again in April 1860 when Volk
persuaded Lincoln to sit for a life mask--a cast taken by applying plaster
directly to the sitter's face. Volk used the cast to create a carved bust of
Lincoln and later a full length statue of the president. In 1886 sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens cast a bronze bust of Lincoln from
Volk's life mask and presented it to the Smithsonian Institution. The bronze
bust in turn became the model for copies of Volk's original, including the one
at the Vermont Historical Society. The mask shows Lincoln at age 51, two months
before he was nominated to be a candidate for president. We see him here without
his beard." Remembering Abraham
Lincoln by Michael Sherman
- "Medals and badges having more or less Masonic character are numerous and
interesting. One of the most important pieces in the collection is the large
Washington medal by the famous American sculptor, Saint-Gaudens". Masonic Museums.
- "A. The Gardner's Melissa Kuronen says the "phantom guests" are usually:
operatic soprano Nellie Melba, psychologist William James, social activist Julia
Ward Howe, Japanese art critic and educator Okakura Kakuzo, actress Sarah
Bernhardt, artists John Singer Sargent, Augustus St.
Gaudens and Cecilia Beaux, historian Henry Adams, and writers Sarah Orne
Jewett and Henry James." Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum: Archival Globe Articles
- "Artistic icons
of the age--Abbott Thayer's masterful painting "Angel," recently featured on
the cover of Time; the poignant bronze "Adams Memorial" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; stained-glass windows by John La Farge; and a
huge etched wood triptych, "Adoration of Joan of Arc" by John Fosdick--are focal
points in a suite of new galleries on the second floor of the museum."
Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art.
- "Saint-Gaudens, who had been suddenly thrust into
prominence as a leading sculptor of promise with his statue of Admiral David
Farragut, led the charge toward Cornish with the help of a lawyer friend,
Charles Beaman, who convinced him to exchange his New York City studio for a
picturesque barn and a rather down-at-the-heels house which was on the market
for a song and a dance. The house Saint-Gaudens eventually chose had earned the
name of "Huggins Folly." Talked into it by Beaman for a bargain price of $2,500,
Saint-Gaudens also threw in a portrait of Beaman to sweeten the deal. How
inauspicious was the start of the Cornish Art
Colony! We know now what the magic touch of Saint-Gaudens did for the
property once he and his wife settled in."
- "The state's less populated areas benefited from artists whose homes or
studios became Meccas for other artists and intellectuals. Some of the most
famous summer artist retreats include the home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, poet Celia Thaxter's
Appledore Island cottage on the Isles of Shoals, and the Edward and Marian
MacDowell farm at Peterborough, well-known today as the MacDowell Colony." New
Hampshire, Cherishing The
- "Augustus has spent the centuries persuing a myriad spectrum of arts under a cluster of
aliases. The names Augustus Julliard, Augustine, Augustus Garland Hill, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens should all be familiar to the
painters, musicians, philosophers, and sculptors among us."
- "13. Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Harvard student who died in 1863 along with
soldiers of the all-black regiment that he led. Glory. St.
Gaudens the sculptor. Relief in front of statehouse on Beacon Hill in
Boston, with its back to the Boston Common." Week
5, (1995) Lecture 10
- "With one of the nation's finest collegiate collections of American painting,
the Mead is
noted for its important Colonial and Federal portraits by John Singleton Copley,
the Peale family, and Gilbert Stuart; landscapes by Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin
Church and Asher B. Durand; and figural subjects by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins
and William Merritt Chase. Important Impressionist paintings by Robert Henri and
Childe Hassam reflect contemporary European art styles. Sculptures range from
portraits by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to monumental
bronzes by Paul Manship and modernist constructions by Joseph Cornell and Frank
- "Author and historian Henry Adams commissioned sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens to execute this statue in 1886. There
has always been some debate as to the meaning of the work. Many thought the
monument was a memorial to or even a statue of Adams' wife Marion because it was
erected shortly after her untimely death by suicide. It became apparent after
his own death that Adams had commissioned a sepulchral memorial to mark the
plots of both spouses. He frequently signalled that the site was in the nature
of a joint crypt referring, as he did in a letter of 1896, to "that charming
residence I have constructed for myself at Rock Creek." . While the
interpretation of the work has always been a subject of discussion, the least
examined question about this compelling work seems to have been the source of
its style. Yet the two are inter-related." Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly,
Summer/Fall 1995 edition , Field, Cynthia R. "The Adams Memorial."
- "On West Campus, James B. Duke, son of Washington Duke and creator of The
Duke Endowment and founder of Duke University, is memorialized larger than life
by Charles Keck. Keck, son of German immigrants, was born in New York City where
he studied at the National Academy of Design before continuing his education in
Greece, Italy and France. He was assistant to Augustus St.
Gaudens from 1893 to 1898. Keck's work is described as being in the
classic tradition of Gaudens but one critic noted that Keck often added "his own
touch through nervous movement and veristic details." His inclusion of the
characteristic cigar and the slight movement evident in the use of a cane in
Duke's statue appear to be such signature touches."" Duke
University Campus Statuary.
of the Ascension [New York]. Der Architekt der Trinity Church, Richard
Upjohn, erbaute auch die Church of Ascension. Die Kirche entstand in den Jahren
1840-41 im englisch-neogotischen Stil. Im Innern sollte man sich ansehen: das
Wandgemälde "Christi Himmelfahrt" über dem Altar sowie das Altarrelief von Augustus Saint-Gaudens."
- Brookgreen Gardens is
located in Murrells Inlet, SC, just south of Myrtle Beach. Brookgreen was
established by Archer Huntington. The property of Broogreen Gardens includes 400
acres of landscape on which over 500 individual sculptures stand. A former
indigo and rice plantation, Brookgreen was purchased in 1930 by Archer and Anna
Hyatt Huntington as a setting for Mrs. Huntington's sculpture. Now acclaimed as
the world's finest collection of American figurative sculpture, Brookgreen
Gardens includes a wildlife park with plants and animals in their native forest
and swamp settings. Admission. Call 803 - 237 - 4218. "Obvious masterpieces from
the collection include ''The Puritan'' by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens, ''Joan of Arc'' by Anna Hyatt Huntington, ''The Fisher
Boy'' by Hiram Powers and ''Resting Stag'' by Elie Nadelman."
- "Of the hundreds of Civil War monuments in this country, perhaps the most
noble is the Shaw Memorial in Boston, honoring Col. Shaw and his brave 54th
Massachusetts soldiers. Crafted by distinguished American sculptor Augustin Saint-Gaudens, the memorial shows Shaw on
horseback surrounded by 23 black soldiers." The 54th Massachusetts and the
Assault on Fort Wagner by Kim A. O'Connell
Peabody Art Collection A Treasure for Maryland MSA SC 4680 The Commission on
Artistic Property of The Maryland State Archives. MSA SC 4680-1-152-P.I.20.60
TITLE: Augustus Saint Gaudens (1848-1907) ARTIST:
Helen Farnsworth Mears 1876-1916 MEDIUM: cast bronze, reduced, gold patina SIZE:
8 3/4 x 7 1/2 "
- "Across Beacon Street from the new State House is the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, sculpted by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens. Shaw was the 26 year-old son of a Boston family who led
the first black regiment to fight in the Civil War. The movie "Glory" recounted
the regiment's story."
- "Though primarily self-taught, he[Paul Moore]
cultivated his natural talent with the foundry work and through inspiration from
previous master sculptors, including Daniel Chester French who created the
Lincoln Memorial and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. whose
outstanding relief works influenced Moore's approach to the massive "Chisholm
Trail" a 34-foot long relief commissioned by the City of Duncan, Oklahoma."
- "This trip also includes walking tours of quintessential southeastern Vermont
villages, including Weston, Woodstock and Windsor. You stay at four inns and
slip into New Hampshire to visit the estate of 19th-century sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens." Adventure Quest, Historic
Villages Walking Tours
- "High above the building's entrance, with its handsome wrought-iron,
semi-circular arch, the famous Saint-Gaudens bronze
eagle stands on a ledge with enormous outstretched wings over its nest with two
eaglets, and in its talons is a serpent. It is considered one of the most
beautiful eagles in the United States and was designed to adorn New York Life
buildings in Omaha, St. Paul, and Kansas City." Kansas City Public Library, Baltimore
Avenue, North from Eleventh Street, Kansas City Star, March 29, 1969.
- "One of the most popular gold coins is the U.S. Gold Eagle. It's based on a
design by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who also
designed the $20 gold coin that was minted from 1907 through 1932. The U.S. Gold
Eagle comes in 1-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth- ounce sizes. The
price depends on the current price of gold. As of Thursday, a one-ounce Eagle
cost $390 to $405. You can find a dealer in your area by calling
1-800-872-4653." Christine Dugas, Stocks and other
stocking stuffers for youngsters, USA TODAY.
- "Throughout the tomb, bronze statues by Daniel Chester French, Leonard
Crunelle, Fred M. Torrey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens,
Adolph A Weinman, and Lorado Taft commemorate important periods in Lincoln's
career. A biographical sketch of the president and the words of several
significant speeches are inscribed on bronze plaques." Lincoln Tomb State Historic
Site, State of Illinois.
- "The Philadelphia mint also produces Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts awarded to military heroes. Now
you'll take the down escalator to the mezzanine where you find the David
Rittenhouse Room. Exhibited are gold coins including the famed $20 pieces
designed by the sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens. Also
on display are early tools and hardware used to make coins and a deed to the
- "Sarah Redwood Lee bas
relief by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Saint-Gaudens
National Historic Site." TREASURES OF THE NATION America's National Parks, These objects are some of the treasures held in over
330 museums of the National Park Service.
- "On the side walls, set against marble panels with bronze inscriptions,
marble pedestals support bronze busts of the two Olins fro whom the building is
named. The busts were sculpted by Henry Hering, pupil of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and friend of architect Henry
- "Saint Gaudens, Augustus Famous American sculptor.
Created seated and standing statues of Lincoln placed in Chicago parks. Also
famous for statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman." The Lincoln Farm Association
- "In 1881, 2 young Americans, on a whim, scaled half dome using just a rope
and sheer nerve. The cable there today is evidence of their success. This story is from the
book "Sculptor in Buckskin" as told by Alexander Phimster Proctor." "Note: In
1891, Alexander Phimster Proctor was commissioned to sculpture life-sized wild
animals for the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. Later, Augustus Saint-Gaudens asked him to do the horses for his
statues of the Generals Sherman and Logan. After that, Proctor turned out a
prodigious amount of work; statuatory for the Paris exposition and the Bronx
Zoo, animals for Theodore Roosevelt's White House, the Princeton tigers, and the
immortal mustang group at the University of Texas which has been called the
greatest equine statue in the world. He was a friend and hunting companion of
many notable Americans including Elihu Root, Gifford Pinchot, Teddy Roosevelt
and Woodrow Wilson."
- "Claude W. Barlow says: "In 1877 a bronze statue of "The Puritan" by the
famous sculptor Saint Gaudens was presented to the
city of Springfield and placed beside the public library on State Street. It was
dedicated in memory of Deacon Samuel Chapin, although it is, of course, only an
idealized portrait..." Source of Information: Claude W. Barlow, a descendant of
Catherine CHAPIN and
Nathaniel BLISS, and a professional genealogist."
- "Before you leave the Lincoln
Park area, visit the famous Lincoln
statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which dominates
the museum's east lawn. To create this monumental work, Saint-Gaudens used the 1860 life mask by Leonard Volk. The
bronze statue was dedicated in 1887 at a ceremony in which Lincoln's 15-year-old
grandson participated. Leonard Swett, a lawyer friend of Lincoln's, delivered
- "The eulogies were written. By 1920, the Palace of Fine Arts, the last
remaining building of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, faced an
uncertain future. Designed by Charles B. Atwood, the Palace of Fine Arts paid
homage to classic Greek architecture and, in sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens' view, was "the finest thing done since the
Parthenon." Museum Of
Science And Industry
- Stack's Catalogue of
Rare Coins -- U.S. $20.00 Double Eagle, Saint-Gaudens Type, 1907-1933
- The 1907 St. Gaudens Cent.