Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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Date of Birth March 1, 1848
Place of Birth Ireland
Date of Death Aug 3, 1907 (59)
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Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was an American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who embodied the ideals of the American Renaissance. Raised in New York City, he traveled to Europe for further training and artistic study. After he returned to New York, he achieved major critical success for his monuments commemorating heroes of the American Civil War, many of which still stand. Saint-Gaudens created works such as the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common, Abraham Lincoln: The Man, and grand equestrian monuments to Civil War generals: General John Logan Memorial in Chicago's Grant Park and William Tecumseh Sherman at the corner of New York's Central Park. Saint-Gaudens also created Classical works such as the Diana. He also used his design skills in numismatics.

Born: March 1, 1848, Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 3, 1907, Cornish, New Hampshire
Nationality: American
Education: Cooper Union, National Academy of Design, École des Beaux-Arts.
Known for: Sculpture
Movement: The "Be Silent Be Still"
Spouse(s): Augusta

About Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Irish-born American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who was seen as embodying the ideals of the American Renaissance.

Before Fame

He was apprenticed to a cameo-cutter and took art classes at the Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design.


He referred to his early relief portraits as "medallions" and created a $20 gold coin for the US Mint.

Family Life

He married Elizabeth Fisher Nichols.


He made a bust of William Tecumseh Sherman.

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