I have just returned from New York and I feel that I want to tell you how beautiful I think your Sherman Memorial Statue to be.Saint-Gaudens’s reply is lost, but Pyle’s letter seems to have reminded him to send a copy of his bronze Robert Louis Stevenson medallion, which he’d promised to give Pyle a year earlier - after Pyle had sent Saint-Gaudens his pen-and-ink drawing “The Song of Peace”. Pyle received it on July 15, 1903, and apparently it’s still owned by his descendants.
It impresses me, as your work always does, as being not only beautiful but great, and I am sure that it is not prejudice upon my part but a matter of calm judgment that leads me to feel that you are easily the leading sculptor in the world today -
I could say more - but will not do so.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Pyle on Saint-Gaudens’s Sherman Monument
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