"My Dear God-Like Sculptor..." RLS & Saint-Gaudens

Gilchrist, M. (1994) "My Dear God-Like Sculptor..." RLS & Saint-Gaudens. Cencrastus(49), pp. 11-13.




The portrait-relief of Robert Louis Stevenson in Saint Giles Church in Edinburgh is a graceful memorial to a much-loved writer. It is also Scotland’s only example of the work of the great American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907). Westminster has a reduction of his standing statue of Lincoln from Chicago; Dublin has the Parnell Monument, to a large extent the work of his studio when Saint-Gaudens himself was dying. But, in the Stevenson Memorial, Edinburgh has a work which held greater personal significance for the sculptor: it commemorates a friend.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Robert Louis Stevenson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Fanny Stevenson, Scottish literature, sculpture, St Giles, Edinburgh, Samoa, William Tecumseh Sherman, Vailima, bas-relief, portraiture
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gilchrist, Dr Marianne
Authors: Gilchrist, M.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Cencrastus
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1994 Cencrastus
First Published:First published in Cencrastus 49(11)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the author

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