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Saint-Gaudens, Augustuslocked

(01 March 1848–03 August 1907)
  • Lois Goldreich Marcus

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Saint-Gaudens, Augustus (01 March 1848–03 August 1907), sculptor and educator, was born Augustus Louis Saint-Gaudens in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Bernard Paul Ernest Saint-Gaudens, a French-born shoemaker, and Mary McGuiness, a native of Ireland. The family emigrated to the United States in the fall of 1848, sailing first for Boston, Massachusetts, but moving to New York City a month or so after arriving. Sometime after his brother Louis’s birth Augustus’s middle name was dropped. Augustus attended public schools in New York until the age of thirteen when his father apprenticed him to a cameo cutter named Avet. He characterized this three-year period as “a miserable slavery” ( ...

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