Exploring the South of France with McKim and St. Gaudens
I had hired an enormous studio in the Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, in order to begin the large statue of Farragut1 as well as the sketches for the figures that were to go over a mausoleum Governor Morgan had commissioned me to do for him in Hartford, Connecticut. The studio had originally been a public ball-room, and subsequently a printing establishment of one of the big publishers of Paris. For my family I leased an apartment in the Rue Herschel, where Mr. Armstrong lived with us during the period of the Exposition business. It was here that White came to us, and in this studio he composed and made the studies for the pedestal of the Farragut monument, which he modified after his return to America. Not until the Farragut was at last ready to go to the bronze founder did I leave this ball-room studio to take a less ambitious one in the Impasse du Maine where I began the model for the statue of Robert Richard Randall.
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- 1.In John Quincy Adams Ward: an Appreciation, Mrs. Herbert Adams writes that when the Farragut monument was first suggested, certain members of the committee insisted that the commission be given to Ward, while others held out for St. Gaudens, then practically unknown. Ward, with characteristic generosity, settled the matter by saying: “Give the young man a chance.”Google Scholar
- 2.The inspiration for the porch designed by White for St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, recently removed from Madison Avenue to Park Avenue and Fiftieth Street.Google Scholar