Davida Johnson Clark

Augustus Saint-Gaudens American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770

This graceful underlifesize portrait of Davida Johnson Clark (1861–1910) was a gift from Saint-Gaudens to his longtime model and lover and the mother of his second son, Louis (b. 1889). The private token of affection also served as an early study for the head of Diana for the tower of Madison Square Garden, the most public of Saint-Gaudens’s outdoor sculptures. An over-lifesize cast of Diana is on view in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing (acc. no. 28.101).

Davida Johnson Clark, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire), Plaster, shellac, American

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