Bronze, 8 1/2 x 17 inches (21.6 x 43.2 cm.), private collection

Richard W., Helena de Kay, and Rodman Gilder, 1879

Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), social activist, editor and poet, was born in Bordentown, New Jersey. In 1870 he began working for Scribner's magazine. In 1874 he married painter Helena de Kay. Their home, remodeled by Stanford White in 1882, was a center of artistic and intellectual activity in New York City. He became editor of Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine in 1881. Gilder and his wife were both friends of Saint-Gaudens. (Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White were involved in a new design for the cover of Century Illustrated even before Gilder became its editor.) Gilder founded the Author's Club in 1882. An avid supporter of the arts, he devoted issues of Century Illustrated and Scribner's to articles popularizing the contemporary art scene, which included the work of Saint-Gaudens.