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"Why Don't You Speak for Yourself, John?"

patented 1885 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 21 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (55.3 x 44.5 x 32.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Genevieve Wisel in memory of Dan Wisel 1975.73 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A


Luce Center Label

This group illustrates a line from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem The Courtship of Miles Standish. In the poem, Captain Miles Standish asks his friend John Alden to propose to Priscilla on his behalf. John goes to visit Priscilla and does as requested, even though he is in love with her himself. This sculpture shows the moment when Priscilla guesses John’s true feelings and declares, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?”

Keywords

Dress - accessory - hat

Dress - historic - Puritan dress

Figure group

Object - furniture - chair

Object - other - spinning wheel

Occupation - domestic - sewing

sculpture

plaster

About John Rogers

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

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