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Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

modeled 1865, patented 1866 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 23 x 14 x 10 in. (58.4 x 35.5 x 25.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Rogers and Son 1882.1.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A


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Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations exemplifies the small genre sculptures for which John Rogers is best known. These statuettes, sculpted in plaster and painted a sandy color, portray individuals engaged in everyday activities. This particular sculpture is from Rogers's well-known Civil War series, in which a Southern woman and her young son must take the oath in order to receive food rations distributed by the Union Army. Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations illustrates the hardships endured by the masses throughout the Civil War.

Keywords

Ceremony - military - oath

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - family

Figure group - female and child

History - United States - Civil War

Occupation - military - soldier

sculpture

plaster

About John Rogers

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

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