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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 51, December 16, 2007, Article 3

EXCERPT: HENRY DUFFY'S FOREWORD TO MICAHEL MORAN'S 'STRIKING CHANGE'

[The December 2007 issue of The Whitman Review (Whitman
Publishing's online journal) has an article adapted from
the foreword to the new book by Michael Moran titled 'Striking
Change: The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore Roosevelt
and Augustus Saint-Gaudens'.  The foreword was written by
Henry J. Duffy, Curator of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic
Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.  Below are some excerpts.
-Editor]

Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a towering figure in 19th-century
American art and culture. As an artist he changed the course
of American art, introducing a classical simplicity that
heralded the later developments of modern art. As a teacher
he influenced the next generation of sculptors. As an organizer
of associations and exhibitions he brought a new understanding
of art to a wide audience. And as a city planner he played a
significant role in creating the city of Washington, DC, as
we know it today.

All of this is well known to art historians, but may not be
as familiar in the specialized world of numismatics. It is
for that reason that a new book about Saint-Gaudens and the
creation of the 1907 gold coinage is not only valid, but welcome.

The year 2007 is the centennial year of Saint-Gaudensís death.
The anniversary has been commemorated in many ways, including
a feature-length film, exhibitions, and public programs. It is
appropriate to bring this book to the public in this special
year.

Mr. Moran has approached the subject with a fresh look, recounting
the events surrounding Saint-Gaudensís design of the $20 and $10
gold coins, but also placing this accomplishment in the light
of some other related work. The authorís description of the
Worldís Columbian Exposition medal, the Roosevelt special
inaugural medal, and the Franklin medal is an added bonus
for readers.

To read the complete article, see:
Full Story

The December 2007 issue of The Whitman Review is online at:
Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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