Charles F. McKim, Stanford White, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
- Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1992
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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.