William Merritt Chase, 1888

The artist William M. Chase (1849-1916) was born in Williamsburg, Indiana. He went to New York in 1869, and worked in J. O. Eaton’s studio, and attended classes at the National Academy of Design. Later he studied painting in Munich, returning to New York in 1878. He was president of the Society of American Artists and a member of the Tile Club, both organizations that also included Saint-Gaudens. Chase taught in New York and on Long Island. He finally settled in California. Saint-Gaudens did this portrait at Chase’s request, in exchange for a painting of himself, which was destroyed in the studio fire of 1904.



Bronze, 21 5/8 x 29 1/2 inches (54.9 x 74.9 cm.)