Frances Grimes and GaŽtan Ardisson


Frances Grimes (1869-1963), born in Braceville, Ohio, studied with sculptor Herbert Adams at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Grimes was Adams' assistant for six years, becoming in this time a skilled marble cutter. She came to Cornish in 1894 with the Adams family, and in 1900, became an assistant in Saint-Gaudens' studio.  Saint-Gaudens felt that he could rely on Grimes' fidelity to his own ideas for his work, and after his death in 1907, she completed work on the Albright Caryatids. Grimes went on to a successful career of her own, and is known for her reliefs, busts and figures. 

GaŽtan Ardisson (1856-1926) was Saint-Gaudens' long-term assistant. He was born in Nice and began his study in the arts there, before entering the »cole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1875. Ardisson's student work was held in high regard, but he was sculpting ornamental figures for clocks when he met Saint-Gaudens, who took him into his studio for temporary assistance and kept him on for more than twenty years. Saint-Gaudens considered Ardisson to be the world's most accomplished molder, able to keep intricate details from a clay model in the transition to plaster cast. After Saint-Gaudens' death, Mrs. Saint-Gaudens kept Ardisson on, leaving him in charge of transporting and setting up the traveling retrospective exhibition of her husband's works. Ardisson worked in the studio of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney until his death.