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Private Theatricals/Last Moments behind the Scenes

1878 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 plaster/cast/painted 24 1/8 x 19 5/8 x 12 in. (61.3 x 50.0 x 30.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Robert O. Werlich 1976.113.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A


Luce Center Label

John Rogers modeled many sculptures of what he described as the “spirit and action” of the theater. This piece shows two actors in seventeenth-century costume, making final preparations before going on stage. The artist’s sister, Laura Derby Rogers, may have posed for this group while visiting Rogers’s new house in Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan.

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Figure group

Performing arts - theater

sculpture

plaster

About John Rogers

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

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