Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a sculptor who was a native of Ireland. He became internationally famous and created over 200 works during his lifetime. Examples of his work can be seen in institutions and public places in the United States and Europe. The Parnell monument, located at the north end of O’Connell Street in Dublin was designed by Saint-Gaudens.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Dublin in 1848. His family moved to New York while he was still an infant. Saint-Gaudens grew up in New York where he served an apprenticeship as a cameo cutter. He later studied art and architecture in Paris and Rome.
Saint-Gaudens returned to the United States where he created several monuments including the Sherman monument at the corner of Central Park in New York. He also designed coins for the US mint. He died in Cornish New Hampshire on August 3rd 1907 at the age of 59.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in the year 1848 On This Day.