Rogers, John. Wounded to the Rear or One More Shot Sculpture
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Rogers Group WOUNDED TO THE REAR OR ONE MORE SHOT. Alva Museum Replica, 1961 (original of 1864). Plaster statuette; Height, 23.5 inches; length of base, 9.5 inches; depth from front of base, 10 inches; salmon coloration.
Rogers could neither sketch nor paint, but was a master model maker who could make anything that could be conceptualized in three dimensions. He produced twelve war groups, with this being one of his most popular: there are photographs of both Rogers himself and George Armstrong Custer each next to this particular sculpture. A neighbor of Rogers posed for the standing soldier, wearing the uniform in which he had fought during the war. It was originally commissioned for a monument that was never produced. The Alva company is now out of business and this sculpture is hardly found today, having been out of production for many years.
Excellent; clean with no chipping.
Rogers Groups were originally modeled in clay by Rogers himself; then cast in bronze. From the bronze, molds were made for the groups in plaster. Then painted, usually tan putty color but sometimes darker brown or lighter gray. Rogers’ marketing material encourages buyers to paint the groups to accommodate the buyer’s own taste and decorating style, so they are often seen in a variety of colors.
In a manner of speaking, he was the Norman Rockwell “Saturday Evening Post Cover” – but in clay sculpture: thousands of the 80 different published groupings (12 Civil War themed) sold!John Rogers (1829-1904) created groups from 1859 to 1892 on the subjects of everyday life, the theatre, Shakespeare, the Civil War and horses. At a time when it was in vogue to have parlor statuary in one’s home, Rogers provided appealing high quality durable plaster statuary which was well within the financial reach of many for whom marble or bronze statuary was not. “Rogers’ Groups” were a staple in many households in the 19th century. He was mostly self-taught, his whose work was most popular from 1860 to 1880. A middle class home of the Victorian period would not have been complete without a Rogers Group, framed by lace curtains, sitting in the front window.