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The plaster sculpture depicts camp life during the American Civil War. In the sculpture, an African-American cook stirs a pot over a campfire. A soldier sits next to the fire holding a newspaper, and the two appear to be engrossed in conversation. According to the New York Historical Society, Rogers offered a very simplistic description of this sculpture stating, ""A soldier is reading the newspaper to the cook and trying to make friends with him, so as to warm himself and get some choice bits from the kettle over the fire.""
David H. Wallace. John Rogers: The People's Sculptor. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 1967; Page: 88. New York Historical Society Museum & Library. https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibit/camp-fire-making-friends-cook (accessed June 28, 2918).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
12 inches (height)
Materials and Techniques Display
center top of base, signature: JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK front of base, inscribed: THE CAMPFIRE / MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE COOK back of base, inscribed: PATENTED MAY 27, 1862
African American cooks; Sculpture; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans
statuettes & figurines
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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