In New York, Paris, Rome and Cornish, Augustus Saint-Gaudens was gregarious and sociable, maintaining a large circle of friends, assistants, students and acquaintances. Long-term, steadfast friends such as architect Stanford White and artist Paul Bion, helped the sculptor keep true to his sense of self, particularly as his fame grew apace. When Saint-Gaudens became ill, and consequently less able to enter the social whirl, his close family members stepped in to provide the strength he needed to keep working, and to keep in good humor.

Augusta Homer Saint-Gaudens (1848-1926), the sculptor's wife, stood steadfastly by her husband during the final years of his life, managing the business side of work at the Cornish estate. After his death, it was Augusta who mobilized every resource at her command to keep his artistic legacy alive and important.  She arranged a large traveling retrospective of his work, and opened the studios at Aspet to the public.

Augustus and Augusta Saint-Gaudens
behind Little Studio, fall 1905