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Charles F. McKim, Stanford White, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1878
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.306
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764
In summer 1878 Saint-Gaudens and the architects Stanford White (1853-1906) and Charles McKim (1847-1909) departed from Paris for an eleven-day "busman’s holiday" to central and southern France. Soon thereafter Saint-Gaudens fashioned this sketchy, lighthearted medallion as a souvenir for the trio, replete with reminders of the trip. White’s leonine features appear at the top, with McKim’s balding compacted head at the right and Saint-Gaudens’s angular profile at the left. Around the rough edge are shorthand notations of the towns they visited while in the center appear the tools of their trades: sculptor’s mallet and architect’s dividers and T-square, as well as miniature representations of Claus Sluter’s Moses Fountain near Dijon and the twelfth-century Romanesque church at St. Gilles. This cast originally belonged to White.
Inscription: [around edge]: HIC • MEDALVM • IN • HONOREM • VIAGIATVM • IN SVDIT • GALLIA • XI • DIVRNI • IN • MESI [representation of a crab]: •M D • C • C • C • LXXVIII • / [written backward, right to left]: •F M • S • BEAVNE • D • L • RHONE • A • ST • GILES • A • C • R • P •; [upper left and right]: DAMVS • / SOLVM •; [center left]: • TICKLEVM • / FVRIO; [center right]: • VA • SECHAS•; [lower center]: K • M • A
Stanford White, 1878–d. 1906; by descent in family, St. James, N.Y., until 1992
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