Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday Snapshot ... Work Space


Can you imagine working in this studio space? I love the airiness, the way the movement of the sculpture pushes outward toward the sunlit window. That horse might as well be charging out into the meadow outside! This is a small studio on the grounds of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Historic Site in Cornish, NH. It's Fall in New Hampshire and this quiet estate would be a beautiful place to visit, if you're passing through. Just look!

This is the porch on the side of St. Gauden's summer home ... it looks west across a gentle hillside and off toward Mt Ascutney in Vermont. It's a peaceful place and was a great inspiration to Saint-Gaudens.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens is very famous for sculpting Lincoln's standing statue in Lincoln Park, Chicago, the statue of Diana that sat atop the original Madison Square Garden, the tribute sculpture to the Massachusett's 45th Regiment that was the first black infantry regiment of GAR Union soldiers, among other beautiful pieces. He was a genius and a mentor to a host of artists that were developing at the turn of the century. His estate in Cornish became an artists colony, of sorts. I'm glad it has been preserved. It's a little piece of artistic heaven here in New Hampshire.

Saint-Gaudens' Diana - a miniature of the Madison Square Garden topper
a bronze statue that sits at the edge of a small water garden
replica of memorial honoring the Massachusett's 54th Infantry Regiment - original in Boston, MA
When the leaves have turned and foliage is at its peak, I intend to drive up for a picnic and photo session ... it's a place that draws me back a couple times a year. Do you have special places that sooth your soul ?
This post is linked to Alyce's Saturday Snapshot, a weekly photo share ... click this link and enjoy the visuals and commentary over at athomewithbooks! See you next week!


  1. Gorgeous shots. Enjoyed them all very much.

  2. Oh, I do love spaces that soothe the soul. My favorites usually involve lots of trees and water nearby.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  3. This looks like a beautiful place to visit! I love the airiness of the porch--I think the horse's head might weird me out a little in the studio though!

  4. Great photos. I just flicked to see what your last post was. How did I miss that lovely quilt!

  5. Such elegance and peacefulness - a lovley way for me to start my Sunday morning - thank you.

  6. What a lovely and peaceful place to visit. That porch is fabulous!

  7. It looks so beautiful there! The little man and the horse look like they're reacting to the same surprising event in that first photo. My favorite though is the flute playing man, and those huge leaves around him.

  8. It looks beautiful. I love the bronze pipe player. My Snapshot is at

  9. Ok, who couldn't be creative there? Fabulous shots. Here's Mine

  10. Enjoyed looking at the photographs!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

  11. What an amazing studio. I can imagine someone like Robert Frost, composing his poetry there....

    Apples? New Hampshire has them, but unsprayed,
    With no suspicion in stern end or blossom end
    Of vitriol or arsenate of lead,
    And so not good for anything but cider.
    Her unpruned grapes are flung like lariats
    Far up the birches out of reach of man.

  12. What a beautiful response from Senor Cipriano! I've not heard of Augustus Saint-Gaudens; thanks for sharing this knowledge. As well as your snaps of his beautiful work space. Don't you just want to throw your arms around that horse? That side porch is heavenly, a perfect place for some quiet reflection.

  13. That's a wonderful space. It makes me feel creative just looking at it.

    Joy's Book Blog

  14. Enjoyed your photos...yes, the place looks inspiring and creative♫♪

  15. I love that work space - wow. Inspiring! Great pictures