Cameos  

John Tuffs (circa 1861)
Head of Hercules (circa 186)
Mary, Queen of Scots (1873)
Youthful Mars (circa 1873-74)
George Washington (circa 1875)

 

 

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was apprenticed to a cameo cutter at the age of thirteen. Between 1861 and 1874, he became skilled in both shell and stone cameo cutting, and may have completed more that one hundred pieces. His work in cameos was extremely important to his later success as a sculptor. Saint-Gaudens found it relatively easy to apply the skills he learned cutting cameos to creating relief portraits, medallic work, and his designs for the 1907 United States gold coinage