Bronze, 19 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches
(48.90 x 34.93 cm.), Lenox Library Association, Lenox, MA

 

Samuel Gray Ward, 1881

Samuel Gray Ward (1817-1907), a financier and art patron, was one of eight children of Thomas Wren Ward and Lydia Gray Ward. In 1846, he graduated from Harvard, and in 1853, he and his brother John G. took over the Boston financial office of Baring Brothers from their father. He married Anna Barker in 1840. They had three daughters and one son. Samuel Ward was one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1869, and served on its Board of Trustees (1870-1889). Saint-Gaudens considered this relief and that of Sarah Redwood Lee his best work in bas relief.