Adolph Weinman and Mary Lawrence Tonetti


Adolph Weinman (1870-1952), born in Karlsruhe, Germany, came to the United States in 1880. He was apprenticed to a wood and ivory carver, and took evening classes at the Cooper Union. At the Art Students League, he came to the attention of Saint-Gaudens. Weinman studied with Philip Martiny, then became an assistant to Daniel Chester French, Olin Warner, and Saint-Gaudens, for whom he modeled the Roosevelt Inaugural Medal. He opened his own studio in 1904. Weinman is especially noted for his contributions to the coin and medallic arts, including the Mercury dime and the Walking Liberty half dollar.

Mary Lawrence Tonetti (1868-1945) was born in New York, and assisted Saint-Gaudens in his New York and Cornish studios beginning in 1888. She was responsible for the figure of Columbus for the World's Columbian Exposition, and assisted in the completion of the Logan Monument. One of Saint-Gaudens' favorite assistants, Miss Lawrence continued to work with him even when she had her own studio. She married French sculptor François Tonetti in 1900.