Rogers, John, 1829–1904, American sculptor, b. Salem, Mass. Trained as an engineer, he was forced by failing eyesight to work as a machinist. He began modeling in clay as a pastime and studied sculpture in Rome for a short while. His early clay group, The Slave Auction, given publicity by the abolitionists, and "Rogers groups" had attained great popularity by the end of the Civil War. Thousands of copies were made by machine of such subjects as One More Shot, Going to the Minister, and The Wounded Scout. As accurate records of the period, they have regained a certain popularity.
See study by D. Wallace (1967).
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