Neighboring Pews

  • John Rogers, Neighboring Pews, 1883, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fred D. Bentley, Sr., 2004.33.1

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Scenes of everyday life frequently inspired the work of John Rogers. In Neighboring Pews, a gentleman flirtatiously directs a young woman to the correct page in her hymnal as an older lady looks on with an expression Rogers called "[indignation] at the preference shown." It seems that no one pays attention to the ceremony at hand—a young boy in the front pew tries on the man's hat and gloves, oblivious to the scene unfolding behind him. Rogers sent pictures of his work to newspapers with the hopes that they would write articles to promote his art.

Title
Neighboring Pews
Artists
Date
1883
On View
Dimensions
17 5/8 x 17 x 12 1/8 in. (44.9 x 43.2 x 30.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Fred D. Bentley, Sr.

Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Recreation – church
Object Number
2004.33.1
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