"Is It So Nominated in the Bond?"

  • John Rogers, "Is It So Nominated in the Bond?", patented 1860, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Rogers and Son, 1882.1.3

Luce Center Label
“Is It So Nominated in the Bond?” is from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, and was one of John Rogers’s most popular works. In the scene, Antonio has been called to trial against the moneylender Shylock, who is demanding a pound of flesh for nonpayment of a loan. Antonio’s friend Portia is dressed as a judge trying to bargain with Shylock. Upon the suggestion that a surgeon be present when the flesh is extracted, Shylock challenges, “Is it so nominated in the bond?” to which Portia replies, “It is not so express’d; but what of that? ‘Twere good you do so much for charity.”
"Is It So Nominated in the Bond?"
patented 1860
Not on view
23 x 20 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (58.3 x 52.6 x 31.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Rogers and Son

Mediums Description
painted plaster
  • Figure group
  • Performing arts – theater
  • Literature – Shakespeare – Merchant of Venice
Object Number
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection