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During his long career, the American sculptor John Rogers sold over 80,000 works. Without a doubt, he was the most popular sculptor of the 19th century in America, and his small narrative plasters were part of a storied artistic tradition in the United States. Through his work, he reached thousands of Americans and he addressed the ideals and issues that shaped their everyday experience. Frequently his sculptures depicted scenes of rural life, as well as clusters of famous and heroic figures. This website from the New York Historical Society provides a chronology of his life (complete with photographs and other visual materials), along with an exploration of his process as he created his works. Perhaps the most interesting section is the "Rogers as a Businessman" area. Here visitors can look over his early advertisements and learn about his highly successful marketing strategies. Finally, the "Public Responses" area provides a series of reactions to his works from the 1860s to the 1970s.
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