Salem, Massachusetts, b.1829

John Rogers

John Rogers was an American sculptor who produced very popular, relatively inexpensive figurines in the latter 19th century. He became famous for his small genre sculptures, popularly termed "Rogers Groups", which were mass-produced in cast plaster. A total of 80,000 copies of almost 80 Rogers Groups were sold across the United States and abroad. Instead of working in bronze and marble, he sculpted in more affordable plaster, painted the color of putty to hide dust. Rogers was inspired by popular novels, poems and prints as well as the scenes he saw around him.

John Roger's statuettes celebrated the lives ordinary, everyday, urban and rural people, in portraits that conveyed and endorsed shared American values. Through his Rogers Groups he offered an unrivaled transcript of the manners, sports, amusements, social customs,...

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Biography

John Rogers was an American sculptor who produced very popular, relatively inexpensive figurines in the latter 19th century. He became famous for his small genre sculptures, popularly termed "Rogers Groups", which were mass-produced in cast plaster. A total of 80,000 copies of almost 80 Rogers Groups were sold across the United States and abroad. Instead of working in bronze and marble, he sculpted in more affordable plaster, painted the color of putty to hide dust. Rogers was inspired by popular novels, poems and prints as well as the scenes he saw around him.

John Roger's statuettes celebrated the lives ordinary, everyday, urban and rural people, in portraits that conveyed and endorsed shared American values. Through his Rogers Groups he offered an unrivaled transcript of the manners, sports, amusements, social customs, domestic interests, costumes, and even modes of furnishing of the period. John Rogers made statues of Civil War soldiers, family groups, literary topics, theater scenes and heroic historical figures. His statues ranged from eight to forty-six inches tall.

Artworks

Union Refugees, 1863

Related Categories

19th Century Art / American Art / Art of the 1860s / Bronze / Daily Life Experience / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Inspired by Literature/Lecture / Plaster / Polychrome Sculpture / Sculpture / United States