Bronze, 67 5/16 x 50 3/8 inches
(1.71 x 1.28 m.), collection of SGNHS

Mortimer Leo and Frieda Fanny Schiff, 1884-85

Jacob Henry Schiff (1847-1920), father of the children, was a German-born New York banker and philanthropist. He was a leader in the worlds of finance and insurance, and also a railroad magnate. He was founder of Montefiore Hospital in New York City. In 1875, he married Theresa Loeb.

The portrait was commissioned in 1882 by Schiff's friend, Sir Ernest Cassel. Saint-Gaudens had difficulty in developing the composition. He altered the poses in more than fourteen sketches before introducing his own dog "Dunrobin" as a unifying element in the final model.

    
Plaster sketches of the Schiff children, historic photographs collection of SGNHS