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Nikh-Eiphnh

1902 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907 plaster 9 x 5 x 5 in. (22.9 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1968.76 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B


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Nikh-Eiphnh (Peace-Victory) is a study for the head of Victory for the General William Tecumseh Sherman monument in New York. Augustus Saint-Gaudens was awarded the commission in 1891 and began work on the sculpture six years later. He first sculpted the head of Victory after Hettie Anderson, a model in New York, but was dissatisfied with the result, which showed too much “personality.” The Museum’s piece is a plaster cast of his second attempt. He preferred this one, but ultimately decided it did not fit with the monument and went back to the first version. The artist later described the full-length figure of Victory as “the grandest Victory anybody ever made—Hoorah!”

Keywords

Allegory - other - triumph

Figure female - head

Monument - memorial - Sherman

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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

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