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A rare piece due to its short sale run, The Slave Auction depicts an auctioneer selling two slave parents and their two children. The piece illustrates a tragedy that to many slaves was a harsh reality - a family torn apart at a slave auction. The piece was not a commercial success and was pulled from sale in 1866. However, Rogers said of the piece, "[It] gave me probably more satisfaction to make than any other group. By taking a subject where there is a divided opinion, of course, I lose half my customers."
David H. Wallace. John Rogers: The Peopleâ€™s Sculptor. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 1967; Pages: 182-83. Ref: DHW #58.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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13 inches (height)
Materials and Techniques Display
signed: center top of base: JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK; inscribed: front of base: THE SLAVE AUCTION; inscribed: sign on auctioneers box: GREAT SALE / OF / HORSES, CATTLE / NEGROES & OTHER FARMS STOCK- / THIS DAY AT / PUBLIC AUCTION
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
statuettes & figurines
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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