John Rogers Studio

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John Rogers Studio
John Rogers Studio, 10 Cherry Street, New Canaan (Fairfield County, Connecticut).jpg
John Rogers Studio
John Rogers Studio is located in Connecticut
John Rogers Studio
John Rogers Studio is located in the US
John Rogers Studio
Location 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°9′0.83″N 73°29′52.74″W / 41.1502306°N 73.4979833°W / 41.1502306; -73.4979833Coordinates: 41°9′0.83″N 73°29′52.74″W / 41.1502306°N 73.4979833°W / 41.1502306; -73.4979833
Built 1878
Architect Peabody & Stearns
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP reference # 66000881
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]

The John Rogers Studio and Museum is the preserved studio of sculptor John Rogers, a popular American artist called "the people's sculptor" in the latter 19th century. It is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, Connecticut, on the grounds of the New Canaan Historical Society, which opens it to the public. The studio houses a collection of "Rogers Groups"—plaster statuettes often depicting two or more people. The display area has been reconfigured to reflect the feeling of the artist's studio.

Rogers Groups often depicted people interacting with each other in a sentimental scene. According to the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Park Service, the museum's collection is "one of the finest collections of Rogers groups in the nation".[3]

The studio in 2015

The studio is a Gothic-Victorian gable-roofed building built in 1878. John Rogers's popularity stemmed from the way his statuary groups created scenes of everyday life with a sentimental feel that has been compared to the much later Norman Rockwell. Instead of working in bronze and marble, he sculpted in more affordable plaster, painted the color of putty to hide dust.[4]

Rogers was prolific as well of popular. During his 33-year career he produced almost 80,000 plaster copies of his 86 "Rogers Groups." His statuettes decorated Victorian parlors throughout the United States.[3]

Sculpture on display includes "The Traveling Magician", showing a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat for two children, and "The Neighboring Pews", depicting a moment among people in church. "Union Refugees" depicts a scene from the Civil War.[4]

The studio was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][5][6] In 2003 a $95,000 matching grant under the Save America's Treasures program included financing for a climate-control and air-filtration system to ensure long-term preservation of both the building and the collection.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "John Rogers Studio". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rogers, John, Studio". National Historic Landmarks Program. Archived from the original on April 5, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Liebenson, Bess (October 1, 2000). "On the Trail of History in New Canaan". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ Blanche Higgins Schroer (December 17, 1974). "John Rogers Studio" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "John Rogers Studio--Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from c.1880 and 1964." (pdf). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. 1974-12-17. 

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