Bronze, 10 11.16 x 11 1/4 inches
(27.15 x 28.58 cm.), private collection 

 

 

Dr. Henry Shiff, 1880

Dr. Henry Shiff (1833-1906) was born in New Orleans, educated in France, and then served as a surgeon in the Confederate army. After the Civil War he practiced medicine in New York City and then went to Rome. He never returned to America, preferring to live in Italy, Spain, and Paris. He collected Chinese and Japanese bronzes, particularly toads and frogs. As a result, Saint-Gaudens included a vignette of a toad in the background to the right of the portrait. Shiff was Saint-Gaudensí mentor and confidant when the sculptor was in Paris. Saint-Gaudens named his son Homer Schiff Saint-Gaudens in honor of their friendship. Shiff died in Paris.