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Checkers up at the Farm

patented 1875 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 20 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (51.9 x 44.6 x 32.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Rogers and Son 1882.1.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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John Rogers created several groups that depicted people playing checkers. The first of these, Checker Players, was modeled in 1859 and received so much publicity that Rogers decided to devote all of his time to sculpting. Checkers up at the Farm was completed some fifteen years later and was Rogers’s second most popular piece, with a total sale of five thousand copies. The artist’s wife, Hattie, was the model for the farmer’s wife who watches the final moments of the game.

Keywords

Figure group

Figure group - family

Occupation - farm - farmer

Recreation - sport and play - checkers

sculpture

paint

plaster

About John Rogers

Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904

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