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Randolph Rogers
The Truant
1853
marble
40 1/2 x 15 x 25 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



This youngster cautiously tests the ice with his skate. In calling this work “The Truant,” Rogers suggests that the temptation to skate on the way to school has deterred this youth from attending school; his books have been tossed beneath a tree. Ice-skating was at this time gaining popularity in America, with the first skating club being founded in 1849.