Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1905-6/1926
by James Earle Fraser

James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) was born in Winona, Minnesota. He studied sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago and the …cole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1898, his work brought him to the attention of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He became one of Saint-Gaudens' assistants in the Paris studio, where he worked on the Sherman Monument. Fraser was in charge of the Cornish studio after Saint-Gaudensí return from Paris in 1900. Fraser set up his own studio in 1902, but he remained close to Saint-Gaudens, often working on patination, or finishing Saint-Gaudensí sculpture after it left the foundries. 

In 1920, Fraser was commissioned to do the bust of Saint-Gaudens for New York University's Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Based on the 1906-7 plaster model that was made from life sittings in Cornish, New Hampshire, the bronze was installed in the Hall in 1926.



Bronze bust, cast 1979,
32 x 23 x 16 inches 
(76 x 61 x 30 cm.),
collection of SGNHS