Assistants

 


 

The use of assistants in a sculptor's studio was an acknowledged practice of the nineteenth century. Indeed, it would have been impossible for Saint-Gaudens to complete his quantity of commissions without the help of talented young sculptors. Moreover, remembering his early yearning for professional guidance, Saint-Gaudens felt a responsibility to share his skill by teaching a new generation of sculptors. He taught at the Art Students League from 1888 to 1897. From this group, he often selected several of the most promising students to assist in his studios. Even after he became gravely ill, Saint-Gaudens was able to continue, by directing assistants in the completion of his work. Saint-Gaudens' primary assistants are presented here in the approximate order in which they worked in the New York, Paris and Cornish studios.