Admiral David Glasgow Farragut

Augustus Saint-Gaudens American
Cast by Aubry Brothers & Co. American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 762

This bust derives from a study Saint-Gaudens made for his first major commission, the Farragut Monument, unveiled in New York City’s Madison Square in 1881. The statue commemorated the Civil War’s most celebrated naval commander, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801–1870), who earned glory for the 1862 capture of New Orleans and his victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. During that battle, he issued his famous command, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Here, Farragut’s furrowed brow, squinting eyes, and resolute mouth exemplify the richly modeled style for which Saint-Gaudens is renowned.

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire), Bronze and marble, American

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