Louis St. Gaudens in 1910,
photograph collection of SGNHS

Louis St. Gaudens

Louis St. Gaudens (1854-1913), Augustus' younger brother, was born in New York City. Augustus taught him the cameo-cutting trade in 1872-73, and Louis followed his brother to Rome, where he cut cameos and began his own formal art study. Louis contributed to his brother's work throughout his career, and moved to Cornish in 1900 at Augustus' request, to help his brother during the final years of his life and career. Although overshadowed by Augustus' fame, Louis possessed a great artistic talent, and was awarded several large commissions of his own, including work for the Boston Public Library and for Union Station in Washington, D.C.