Rose Nichols, by Margarita "Daisy" Pumpelly Smyth,
collection of the Nichols House Museum,
Boston, Massachusetts

Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960) daughter of Dr. Arthur H. and Elizabeth Fisher Homer Nichols, was Augustus Saint-Gaudens' niece. She came to live in Cornish with her parents in the early 1890s. Saint-Gaudens encouraged her interest in gardening, and she became a landscape architect through study in Cornish with Charles Platt, and at M.I.T. and the École des Beaux-Arts. A prolific writer, her first book, English Pleasure Gardens, was published in 1902.

Nichols was one of Saint-Gaudens' favorite relations, and they sustained a rich friendship through the exchange of letters when they did not live close by.  Nichols was fiercely protective of her uncle, and became ever more his caretaker, with Augusta and Homer, as his illness progressed.  She was Saint-Gaudens' confidante, and often accompanied him on his trips to Washington, D.C., for his work with the McMillan Commission.

Nichols' Cornish home, "The Mastlands," is currently open to the public as a gallery featuring the work of Cornish Colony artists.