Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Counter Top Cigar Store Figure

ca. 1880 Attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb Born: New York, New York 1851 Died: New York, New York 1928 carved and painted wood 19 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 11 in. (49.5 x 26.0 x 27.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.263 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26A


Luce Center Label

The decline of the shipbuilding industry in the nineteenth century led many shipcarvers to turn to making shop figures. The most popular of these were cigar store Indians, which stood outside tobacco shops. The symbol of a Native American commonly appeared to advertise tobacco, which was discovered in the New World. The popularity of the figures declined by the end of the nineteenth century, however, with the introduction of electrical store signs and anti-sidewalk-obstruction laws.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - hat

Figure male - bust

sculpture

folk art

wood

About Attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb

Born: New York, New York 1851 Died: New York, New York 1928