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Louis Saint-Gaudens


Born in New York; brother of Augustus. Studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris 1879-80. Married Annette Johnson. They had a son. Louis moved to Cornish to work with his brother. He died in Cornish.

Engraved the dies for the Joseph Francis Lifesaving Medal (Julian LS-13). Julian reported that it took 50 blows to strike this medal and that each blow required 30 minutes for annealing, striking, acid treatment. One medal therefor required twenty-five hours work. He does not report if multiple medals were worked on at the same time.

bio: ApCAB; Fielding; WWWA-1; WWWAmArt

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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