Henry Hering and Harry Thrasher

Henry Hering (1874-1949), born in New York City, began his study at the Cooper Union. From 1888 to 1891, he worked in the News York studio of Philip Martiny, another Saint-Gaudens assistant. He took classes at the Art Students League in New York from 1894 to 1898, where he may have received instruction from Saint-Gaudens. He was in Saint-Gaudens' Paris studio in 1900, and entered the École des Beaux-Arts and the Colorossi Academie in Paris. In Cornish, Hering was the principal assistant to Saint-Gaudens, assisting with the Sherman Monument, setting up his sculpture at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, and modeling the United States Coinage of 1907. He married Elsie Ward, another assistant in the Cornish studio, in 1910.

Harry Thrasher (1883-1918) was born in Plainfield, New Hampshire, and began his career as a chore boy in Saint-Gaudens' Cornish studio in 1902. Thrasher stayed with Saint-Gaudens until 1907, then went to New York City, where he worked in the studio of Adolph Weinman. He took classes at the Art Student League, and won a scholarship to study at the American Academy in Rome. when World War I broke out, Thrasher returned to the United States, enlisted in the army, and served in the Camouflage Corps with Homer Saint-Gaudens. Thrasher was killed in action.