Bronze, 13 inches (33 cm.) high,
private collection 

 

Hettie Anderson, First study for the Head of Victory, 1897

Hettie Anderson was from Columbia, South Carolina, and part African-American. She was an artistís model in New York, and posed for Saint-Gaudens, painter John La Farge, and many other artists. The head of Victory was designed for the Sherman Monument. Saint-Gaudens made many versions of Victory, but was never quite satisfied with the piece. Saint-Gaudens presented Hettie Anderson with a plaster cast from the early sketch model for the figure, from which this bronze was created.