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Charles Cotesworth Beaman

modeled 1894 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907 bronze 26 1/8 x 14 7/8 in. (66.2 x 37.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Charles C. Beaman 1969.176 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


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“Now let me turn to other pleasures, and chief among them to my coming in 1885 to Cornish, New Hampshire . . . We hit upon Cornish because . . . Mr. C.C. Beaman told me that if I would go up there with him, he had an old house which he would sell me.” Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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An essay that Charles Beaman wrote as a Harvard law student so impressed Senator Charles Sumner, then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that he hired the young man as his private secretary. This led to Beaman’s appointments to international posts and ultimately to a partnership in a prestigious New York law firm. The architect Stanford White introduced the lawyer to Augustus Saint-Gaudens around 1884. Beaman offered to rent his house in Cornish, New Hampshire, to the talented young sculptor so that he could work on his commission for Chicago’s Lincoln Park monument. Saint-Gaudens fell in love with the house and, after renting it repeatedly, convinced Beaman to sell it to him for a reduced price and this bronze portrait.

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Portrait male - Beaman, Charles Cotesworth

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907

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