Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), was an American sculptor whose work is noted for its lifelike qualities. He became famous overnight in 1880 with his statue of Admiral David Farragut, which now stands in Madison Square in New York City. His works include The Puritan or Deacon Chapin in Springfield, Mass., The Standing Lincoln in Chicago, and Captain Randall on Staten Island. Saint-Gaudens' first statue was Hiawatha, completed in 1871. Saint-Gaudens designed the statue of Diana on the tower of the old Madison Square Garden that stood at Madison Avenue and East 26th Street in New York City. Saint-Gaudens is also noted for his Shaw Memorial in Bos­ton, and Adoration of the Cross, a bas-relief statue in St. Thomas Church in New York City.
Saint-Gaudens was born in Dublin, Ireland. He attended school in New York, but left at 13 to work for
a cameo cutter. He studied drawing at Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design, and the École des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gaudens' earliest work was a bronze bust of his father.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens