Farragut Monument, 1877-1880
Admiral David G. Farragut (1801-1870) was one of the great heroes of the Civil War. This was the first major public commission executed by Saint-Gaudens. Unveiled in New York City’s Madison Square Park on Memorial Day in1881, it immediately received high praise in the press, and from art critics Richard Watson Gilder and Mariana G. Van Rensselaer, who commended the new vitality and naturalism in the monument.
The Farragut Monument is Saint-Gaudens’ first project with architect Stanford White. It would be a long-lasting friendship and result in multiple collaborations. White was responsible for the overall design of the base and its setting.
By 1900, the original sandstone base began to deteriorate; in 1934 the City of New York had it replicated in granite. The original base is now exhibited at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.