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SAINT GAUDENS, Augustus, sculptor, born in Dublin, Ireland, 1 March, 1848. When six months of age he was brought to New York, and in that city he subsequently followed the profession of a cameo-cutter. He began to draw at Cooper institute in 1861, and in 1865-'6 was a student at the National academy, modelling also in his leisure hours. In 1867 he went to Paris, where he studied under Frangois Jouffroy at the Ecole des beaux arts until 1870. He next went to Rome, and there produced, in 1871, his first figure, " Hiawatha." In the next year he returned to New York, where he has since resided. Mr. Saint-Gaudens has been president of the Society of American artists. His more important works are the bas-relief "Adoration of the Cross by Angels," in St. Thomas's Church, New York; statues of Admiral David G. Farragut (1880), in New York, of Robert R. Randall (1884), at Sailor's Snug Harbor, Staten island, New York, and of Abraham Lincoln (1887), in Chicago: a fountain (1886-'7), in Chicago; "The Puritan," a statue of Samuel Chapin (1887), in Springfield, Massachusetts: portrait busts of WilliamM. Evarts (1872-'3), Theodore D. Woolsey (1876), at Yale, and General William T. Sherman (1888); and medallions of Bastien Le Page (1879)and Robert L. Stevenson (1887). Mr. Saint-Gaudens assisted John La Farge in the decoration of Trinity church, Boston, and the monument to Le Roy King, at Newport, Rhode Island, is also the joint work of those two artists.--His brother, Louis, sculptor, born in New York, 8 January, 1854, studied in the Ecole des beaux arts, Paris, in 1879-'80. He has modelled a "Faun," " St. John," for the Church of the Incarnation, New York, and other statues, and has assisted his brother in most of his works.
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