AUGUSTUS SAINT GAUDENS COMMEMERATIVE MEDAL BRONZE
AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS PLAQUETTE, 1937
Edge incused: MEDALLIC ART CO.NY and BRONZE.
Obverse: a bearded bust of Saint-Gaudens faces left.AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS/ STATUAIRE AETATIS·LVI in small letters above. Signed with Flanagan's initials and dated bottom left field: MCM (JF) XXXIV.
Reverse: inscription: IN · HONOR · · ·/ OF · AN · AMERICAN/ SCVLPTOR/ AVGVSTVS SAINT/ GAVDENS · · ·. In small letters below: SCVLPTORS · DINNER · OF · THE/ MEDALLIC · ART · COMPANY · NY/ APRIL · XI · MCMXXXVII
|Description||This is one of the most famous of all medallic portraits of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In 1937, the plaque was issued at the Medallic Art Company's Sculptor's Dinner. Clyde Tress, the new owner of Medallic Art Co., in an attempt to stimulate business among sculptors, scheduled a dinner where nearly 100 sculptors were invited. Tress had Henri Weil reduce a larger portrait model on the firm's Janvier. The struck plaque was given to everyone who attended as a dinner favor.This Saint-Gaudens portrait is one of seven known medallic portraits. The first, modeled in 1898, was by Helen F. Mears, a student-assistant of Saint-Gaudens; it was cast by Gorham Co. in 1916. James Earle Fraser's portrait of Saint-Gaudens was prepared for the 1901 Pan American|
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