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Checkers up at the Farm

Accession Number
1950/1.100

Title
Checkers up at the Farm

Artist(s)
John Rogers

Object Creation Date
1875

Medium & Support
painted plaster

Dimensions
20 ⅛ in x 17 ¼ in x 11 ⅝ in (51.12 cm x 43.82 cm x 29.53 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Checkers up at the Farm, like many 19th-century works focuses on a domestic scene that highlights happier aspects of American life. It is a jovial genre-scene, which like many of John Rogers’ works tells a story and is infused with sentiment and a touch of humor. This piece depicts two men playing a game of checkers. The man on the right appears to be winning. John Rogers worked directly in clay from live models (often his wife, children and friends). He mass-produced affordable plaster copies of his most popular pieces, and his works soon became a parlor-necessity in Victorian America.

Physical Description
Plaster sculpture depicting two men sitting on stools playing checkers using a barrel as a table with a woman holding a baby standing behind them.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
casting

Additional Object Classification(s)
Sculpture

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
barrels (containers)
basket
cards (information artifacts)
men (male humans)
seated
standing
women (female humans)

2 Related Resources

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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