Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), a sculptor of French-Irish immigrant roots, was the most esteemed American sculptor of his day. Over four decades, he lived in New York, Paris, Rome, and Cornish, New Hampshire. Saint-Gaudens worked in Cornish during the summers between 1885 and 1897, and then year-round after 1900. His outstanding works include major public commissions, such as Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument (1877–80) and General William Tecumseh Sherman Monument (1892–1903) in New York; Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln) (1884–87) in Chicago; Adams Memorial (1886–91) in Washington, DC; and Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial (1884–97) in Boston. Saint-Gaudens also produced portrait busts and reliefs of many notable individuals, and created designs for the US $10 and $20 gold coins first minted in 1907.
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