Hamilton Fish Tomb, 1892

Hamilton Fish (1808-1893) was a secretary of state in the Grant administration and a member of the post-Civil War Alabama Claims Commission. In 1836 he married Julia Kean. It was probably after the death of his wife in 1887 that this monument was commissioned. An early design had the two figures kneeling, with a child cradled in the garment of one of the women. The child figure was removed at the request of the patron. Later Saint-Gaudens learned that the early Christians stood up while praying and thus altered his composition.

Architect Stanford White collaborated in the conception of the design, particularly that of the cross. The tomb is in a cemetery in New York



Bronze figures and cross on stone sarcophagus