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Neighboring Pews


Title: Neighboring Pews
Artist: Rogers, John   
Date of Work: 1883
Medium/Support: plaster
Measurements: 18 3/4 x 16 x 11 1/2 in (47.6 x 40.6 x 29.2 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: on base left
Inscription Text: JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK / 1883
Inscription Type 2: inscribed
Inscription Location 2: on base front
Inscription Text 2: NEIGHBORING PEWS
Acquisition Information: Gift of Miss Stella Matthews, Miss Elsie Matthews, and Mrs. Bertha Matthews Harrison
Acquisition Number: 961.58.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"It is time for a hymn in church, and the lovely young woman and the dapper young man have risen to sing. She is uncertain of the page, so he obligingly leans over, pointing out the place in his hymnal as he looks at her engagingly. The old lady (perhaps the young woman's grandmother?) glances up disapprovingly. The lad lounging on the front pew has put on the man's top hat and pulled on his too-large gloves. Are the two brothers? Or might we suspect that the youth is the girl's brother to whom the loan of the hat and gloves is another stratagem in this game of the heart? . . . "'Rogers Groups' . . . were the most popular pieces of sculpture in America between 1860 and 1895. Rogers was, in fact, probably the most popular sculptor the country has ever known. He made about 80 groups in bronze, and from molds of them he produced about 80,000 plaster casts. The casts, originally painted soft tan, were sold by mail order for an average price of $15 . . . ."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 188
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: sculpture   
Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 230
Date (chronological sort): 1883