During his lifetime, Augustus Saint-Gaudens met or created sculptures of many well known figures of his day. General William T. Sherman sat for his portrait as did Robert Louis Stevenson. One of Saint-Gaudens' heroes was President Abraham Lincoln, who the sculptor saw in person in 1860 and then again lying in state after Lincoln was assassinated.
Did You Know?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens enjoyed winter sports and built a 30 ft. tall toboggan slide on the lawn next to his studio. A donkey pulled the sled and riders back up from the lower field, ¼ mile away.