Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1908
by Henry Hering 

Henry Hering (1874-1949) was born in New York City. At the age of fourteen, he began study at the Cooper Union in New York. From 1888 through 1891, he worked in the New York studio of Philip Martiny, another of Saint-Gaudensí assistants, and took classes at the Art Students League, where he may have met Saint-Gaudens. He was in Saint-Gaudensí Paris studio in 1900 and entered the …cole des Beaux Arts and the Colorossi Academie in Paris. He was in Cornish and assisted Saint-Gaudens with the Sherman Monument, and was responsible for setting up his sculpture at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in 1901.

From 1901 through 1907, Hering was the principal assistant to Saint-Gaudens. His special achievement was the modeling of the United States Coinage of 1907. Hering is credited with the work on the one-cent piece, the ten and the twenty-dollar gold pieces, and the extensive negotiations with the US Mint and the engravers in Philadelphia. He modeled the head of Saint-Gaudens in 1908. In 1910, he married Elsie Ward, another assistant in the Cornish studios.


Bronze bust, 17.5 x 6.5 inches 
(44.5 x 22.9 x 28 cm),
collection of SGNHS