1875 - 1880 First Collaborations and Portrait Reliefs
When he returned to New York City in 1875, Saint-Gaudens took a studio in the German Savings Bank Building and met the architects Stanford White, Charles Follen McKim, and Henry Hobson Richardson, as well as the painter John LaFarge. They involved him in a group of complex decorative projects. Saint-Gaudens also began to make the bronze reliefs that would become the mainstay of his work, attracting clients steadily for the rest of his life.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens and John La Farge, Mantelpiece, 1882, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Sr., 1925 (25.234) all rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art