Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
16 1/2 x 17 x 4 1/2 in., 88lb. (41.9 x 43.2 x 11.4 cm)
Bequest of Charles W. Gould, 1931
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
In his final of three portraits of Louise Adele Gould (1856-1883), Saint-Gaudens extended the sitter’s shoulders and terminated the bust with a horizontal line in the manner of quattrocento portraits by the likes of Francesco Laurana and Mino da Fiesole. The bust is mounted on a variegated yellow marble base of Italian origin. Gould believed this likeness of his late wife was "the most beautiful of the three designs," and lent it to the Saint-Gaudens Memorial exhibition held at the Metropolitan in 1908 (he served on the exhibition organizing committee). When Gould became a trustee of the Museum in 1915, he donated the other two marble portraits of Louise Gould (15.105.1; 15.105.2), but retained this one until his death in 1931.
Signature: [on back]: AVGVSTVS • SAINT-GAVDENS • FECIT