Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
1892–1903; this cast, 1914 or after (by 1916)
38 x 9 1/2 x 18 1/2 in., (96.5 x 24.1 x 47 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 771
Adapted from the full-size figure of Victory on Saint-Gaudens’s equestrian monument to the Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1892–1903; Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan), this winged allegorical figure is depicted as a triumphant guiding force. Her classicizing gown is emblazoned with an eagle, and she wears a crown of laurel and holds a palm frond—both traditional emblems of victory. The windblown pose recalls that of the Hellenistic marble "Nike of Samothrace" (Musée du Louvre, Paris). The principal model for Victory was Hettie Anderson, an African-American woman who was a favored artists’ model in New York during the 1890s.
Signature: [right side of base]: AVGVSTVS • SAINT • GAVDENS / FECIT M • CMII •
Inscription: [back of base]: COPYRIGHT • BY • A • H • SAINT • GAVDENS • / 1912