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Frances Folsom Cleveland

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1887–92, cast 1902
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.156
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764
Saint-Gaudens began modelling a low-relief portrait of Frances Folsom Cleveland (1864-1947), wife of President Grover Cleveland, while both were guests at the summer home of Helena and Richard Gilder in Marion, Massachusetts, in August 1887, completing the seventeen-inch medallion in 1892. It depicts Mrs. Cleveland one year after her marriage to the President, at age twenty-three, wearing an upswept hairstyle and a fashionable, high-collared dress. In late 1901, Saint-Gaudens reduced the scale of the plaster medallion to five-and-a-half inches in diameter, and early in 1902 he cast it in bronze and presented this example to Richard Gilder as a birthday present.
Signature: at right, monogram: A ST G

Inscription: inscribed and dated (at edge, from left to right): ·FRANCES FOLSOM·CLEVELAND·MARION·MASSACHUSETTS·AVGVST·M·D·C·C·CXCII·
Richard Watson Gilder, New York, 1902–d. 1909; by descent in family to grandson Gilder Palmer, Tyringham, Mass.; Palmer family until 2008, [Gerald Peters Gallery, New York]
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