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    Augustus Saint-Gaudens Autograph Letter Signed and Letter Signed. In the Autograph Letter Signed (two pages of one leaf, n.p., April 6, 1891), Saint-Gaudens writes to "Mr. Bowditch" concerning an exhibition at a museum. The signature and text are written in bold, black ink. Only minor staining to the paper, which bears one smoothed fold. In part:

    "I regret very much that the cast of the children cannot be had for the Museum, there is no replica in any shape or cast of the Lincoln, and if I was to be represented by sculpture I should prefer to have another not those the Bellows exhibited. . . . I feel greatly honored by Prof Treur. . . . I have ordered large copies of the photograph of four or five of my works sent to you for him, you will receive them within ten days and I trust he may find them acceptable."

    The second letter (a Letter Signed) is dated from Paris on December 29, 1899, on four pages of blue paper to Dr. Bowditch regarding an inscription: "I think the poem very fine and suggestive. I have as yet, however, made no modifications of my scheme and in any event if I do not follow your suggestion there will have to be something in the nature of the inscription for elucidation and I will need serious help in that direction." The sculptor also asks for payments for "the Library figures . . . the payment had not yet been made . . . will it not be possible for me to send my monthly statements directly to the Trustees?" The letter is clean, save for an ink smudge through "Augustus" in the signature.

    Saint-Gaudens was perhaps the most famous American public sculptor of the late-nineteenth century. Among his more memorable projects are the Robert Gould Shaw monument in Boston, the William T. Sherman monument in New York City, and the bold design found on $20 gold coins minted between 1907 and 1933.

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