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The Artist

Augustus Saint Gaudens (1848–1907) was a classic designer and sculptor born in Dublin, Ireland, and his family moved to America when he was about six months old. He studied drawing at the Cooper Institute and National Academy of Design and received an LL.D. from Princeton University. He later studied art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and in Rome.

Kenyon Cox (American, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887
Augustus Saint Gaudens
Image of Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Kenyon Cox (American, 1856-1919) Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887; this replica, 1908, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 47 1/8 in. (85.1 x 119.7 cm): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of friends of the sculptor (through August F. Jaccaci), 1908 (08.130) Photograph © 1985 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to redesign the coinage of the United States, Saint-Gaudens designed the Indian Head $10 Eagle and the $20 Double Eagle gold pieces that were struck by the Mint from 1907 thru 1933.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens is the artist behind such famous national monuments as General John A. Logan (Chicago), the Lincoln Standing Memorial (Chicago), the Pilgrim (Philadelphia), the General Sherman (New York City), and the Adams Memorial (Washington, D.C.).