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Object ID Number SAM 1957.64
Object Name sculpture
Artist Rogers, John H.
Title The Peddler at the Fair
Date 1878
Culture American
Credit line Museum purchase from Collectors Corner, 6262 Olive St., St. Louis 8, MO
Exhibit Label Sculptor John Rogers established a reputation for creating narrative figure groups in clay and plaster throughout the 19th century. Topics ranged from the depiction of ordinary, everyday people doing ordinary, everyday things to literary themes, theatrical scenes, historical figures and Civil War soldiers. Rogers patented his designs and replicated them in plaster, making him the first American to mass-produce sculpture for a popular market.

Between 1859 and 1892, Rogers sculpted approximately 85 different patented groups of statues and sold approximately 80,000 plaster sculptures, produced out of his factory in New York.

These sculptures were marketed to a wide audience of upper-middle class Americans and sold for a moderate price, averaging $14.00 each. Works such as "The Peddler at the Fair," provide an incredible visual transcript of the manners, sports, social customs, costumes and furnishings of the period.
Medium Plaster/Paint
Material Plaster
Height (in) 21
Width (in) 18
Signed Name "JOHN ROGERS"
Signature Location Impressed into top of base
Currently on view Yes
People Rogers, John
Subjects Horse