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The Elder's Daughter

patented 1877 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 21 x 19 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (53.2 x 49.5 x 27.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1967.131 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A


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John Rogers modeled many groups that included his favorite animal, the horse. To depict the horse accurately, he measured many different breeds, took casts from anatomical specimens, and studied photographs of horses in motion. In Elder’s Daughter, the horse carries a Puritan and his daughter home from church. The elder glares at the young man, who has committed sacrilege by offering his daughter an apple on the Sabbath.

Keywords

Equestrian

Figure group

History - United States - Colonization

Object - fruit - apple

Occupation - religion - elder

Recreation - courting

sculpture

plaster

cast

About John Rogers

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

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