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John Rogers Civil War Statue

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John Rogers Civil War Statue

Of New York State origin, circa 1865, this is a plaster cast statue by John Rogers. John Rogers was a noted sculptor who lived from 1829 – 1904. He was born in Salem, MA and died in New Canaan, CT. He was a highly sought after sculptor and modeler of figures and genre subjects in mid 19th century. He began modeling with clay in 1849. He was trained in Paris and Rome where he associated with prominent American sculptors Harriet Hosmer and Richard Greenough. In 1849 he opened a studio in New York City where he produced more than 80 pieces that became known as “Rogers Groups”.                                                                                                                                            Many of his pieces had Civil War subjects, such as the one we have illustrated above, Wounded to the Rear: One More Shot . His subjects appealed to patriotism and popular sentiments about the horrors of slavery and military battles. One of his most notable statues is a life-size equestrian sculpture of General Reynolds in front of the Philadelphia City Hall.