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John Rogers
Date: 1829–1904
Remarks: John Rogers was a sculptor best remembered for creating the "Rogers Groups," sculptural vignettes which told a story. These mass-produced sculptures were very popular during the latter part of the nineteenth century; Note; the John Rogers Studio was moved to the grounds of the New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan, CT; Rogers' sculpture depicts costumes, furnishings, social manners and customs of mid 19th century. These expressive portraits are cleverly modeled and skillfully posed. In general, the statues represent five catagories: Civil War subjects, literary topics, theatre scenes, domestic life groups and historical figures; Rogers sought to illustrate scenes from everyday life with humor and sentimentality. Groups reflect the Victorian lifestyles of both rural and urban people throughout the country and from all economic levels;. The statues graced almost every Victorian parlor and appeared in every art and bookstore window. They became a nationwide vogue and lasted throughout the 19th century; His family Wife- Harriet Moore Francis Rogers and daughters- Katherine Rebecca and Laura Derby, son John Rogers, Jr.