Amor Caritas, gilded bronze high relief,
8 x 4 feet (2.44 x 1.23 m.),
collection of SGNHS

Amor Caritas, 1885-1899

This relief is a reworking of the angels that were modeled for the tomb of New York governor Edwin Morgan. These angels were destroyed by fire and the tomb never completed. The Amor Caritas was used on the Ann Maria Smith tomb in Newport, Rhode Island, signed by the sculptor’s brother Louis St. Gaudens. Davida Clark was the model for these figures. Because she had recently become Saint-Gaudens’ mistress, Louis’ signature on the Smith tomb may have been a ploy to disassociate Augustus from Davida. The figure appears, with variations, in Philadelphia and in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, New York.

The Amor Caritas, cast in bronze, was purchased by the French government in 1900, and now resides in the Musée d’Orsay. This was Saint-Gaudens’ first sale of his work to a European museum. 

The Latin title translates as "Angel of Charity."

John Hudson Hall tomb,
Tarrytown, New York