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Augustus Saint-Gaudens
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Artist
    (March 1, 1848-August 3, 1907)
    Born in Dublin, Ireland
    Beaux-Arts sculptor
    Notable works include Standing Lincoln at Lincoln Park, Chicago (1887), the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common (1897), the Sherman Memorial in Central Park, New York (1903), and Abraham Lincoln: The Head of State in Grant Park, Chicago (1908)
    He moved to Cornish, New Hampshire, because he was told the area had plenty of 'Lincoln-shaped men' he could use as models for his sculpture of the President (1885).
    He had a son out of wedlock with model Davida Johnson Clark (1889).
    He was hired by Theodore Roosevelt to redesign America's coinage, but the coins had to be modified since the initial designs did not stack properly and were deemed unfit for commerce.
    His sculptures were praised for their naturalism.
    He was an artistic advisor for the World's Columbian Exposition (1893).
    He was one of the first seven members chosen for the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1904).
    He was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
    Several works in progress and much of his personal memorabilia was lost in a fire at his studio (1904).
    His $20 gold double eagle is widely considered the most beautiful US coin ever issued.

Credit: C. Fishel


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