Art: A Private Skill

When he died in 1907, Augustus Saint-Gaudens was solidly established as America's greatest sculptor, the creator of heroic public monuments such as New York's equestrian General Sherman, Chicago's standing Lincoln and Washington's Adams Memorial. His smaller, more intimate portrait reliefs are equally distinguished—naturally enough for an artist who started his career as a cameo cutter. In the first major exhibition of Saint-Gaudens' work in 60 years, Washington's National Portrait Gallery assembled 56 pieces, including portraits of such public figures as Architect Stanford White and Writers William Dean Howells and Robert Louis Stevenson....

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