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Checkers up at the Farm

John Rogers

Artwork Details

Checkers up at the Farm
John Rogers
painted plaster
20 ⅛ in x 17 ¼ in x 11 ⅝ in (51.12 cm x 43.82 cm x 29.53 cm)
Museum Purchase

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Checkers up at the Farm, like many 19th-century works focuses on a domestic scene that highlights happier aspects of American life. It is a jovial genre-scene, which like many of John Rogers’ works tells a story and is infused with sentiment and a touch of humor. This piece depicts two men playing a game of checkers. The man on the right appears to be winning. John Rogers worked directly in clay from live models (often his wife, children and friends). He mass-produced affordable plaster copies of his most popular pieces, and his works soon became a parlor-necessity in Victorian America.

Physical Description:

Plaster sculpture depicting two men sitting on stools playing checkers using a barrel as a table with a woman holding a baby standing behind them.

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