Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)

A Bonze Portrait Tondo of Robert Louis Stevenson

inscribed in raised letters with excerpts from 'Underwoods' by Stevenson, similarily inscribed 'TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON M-D-C-C-C-LXXVII' and indistinctly stamped 'COPYRIGHT-BY-AVGVSTUS-SAINT-GAVDENS'
11¾in. (29.8cm.) diameter; brown patina in original wood frame

Lot Essay

Saint-Gaudens modeled the first version of his portrait relief of Stevenson in 1887, reworking it in various shapes and sizes throughout his career.

The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The Portrait Reliefs, New York, 1969, nos. 39-41
J.H. Dryfhout, 'Robert Louis Stevenson', Metamorphoses in Nineteenth Century Sculpture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975, pp. 197-200
K. Geenthal, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Master Sculptor, Boston, 1985, pp. 119-121

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