Bronze bust, 16 ˝ x 8 x 10 inches
(41.9 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1905/1924
by John Flanagan

John Flanagan (1865-1952) was one of Saint-Gaudens’ studio assistants from 1885 to 1890, and worked on diverse projects from the Lincoln Monument to the George Washington Inaugural Centennial Medal. He settled in New York in 1902 after living abroad for twelve years and was particularly distinguished for his medals and low-relief portraits. Flanagan commenced his portrait of Saint-Gaudens in 1905, modeling it from life in Cornish. At the time Saint-Gaudens was gravely ill, yet Flanagan portrayed the sculptor as a vital and energetic presence. The model was unfinished at the time of Saint-Gaudens’ death in 1907, and was not resumed until 1920, probably after Flanagan received a commission for a portrait of Saint-Gaudens for New York University’s Hall of Remembrance for American Artists. What began as a personal tribute to friendship became a public homage to a venerated artist.