Checkers up at the Farm

  • John Rogers, Checkers up at the Farm, patented 1875, paint, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Rogers and Son, 1882.1.8

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John Rogers created several groups that depicted people playing checkers. The first of these, Checker Players, was modeled in 1859 and received so much publicity that Rogers decided to devote all of his time to sculpting. Checkers up at the Farm was completed some fifteen years later and was Rogers’s second most popular piece, with a total sale of five thousand copies. The artist’s wife, Hattie, was the model for the farmer’s wife who watches the final moments of the game.

Title
Checkers up at the Farm
Artists
Date
patented 1875
On View
Dimensions
20 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (51.9 x 44.6 x 32.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Rogers and Son

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Recreation – sport and play – checkers
  • Figure group – family
  • Occupation – farm – farmer
Object Number
1882.1.8
Palette
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