Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 232: The Council of War Statue by John Rogers

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $6,500

The Council of War Statue by John Rogers

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Type: Other
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This plaster cast statue depicts Lincoln, Grant, and Stanton discussing the appropriate measures and strategy for the Civil War. The cast is covered in a layer of gray-white paint. The base of the sculpture is signed on the ground below Lincoln's knee, and the patent is marked behind Grant. The front of the base is marked "THE COUNCIL OF WAR". John Rogers was known in his day as "The People's Artist" due to the affordable prices of his plaster casts. He was exceedingly popular among the middle class. It is rumored that while on the Western Frontier, George Armstrong Custer carried a Rogers sculpture with him to remind him of the civilization of the East. The sculpture measures 24 inches tall, 17 inches wide, and 13 inches deep

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing limited storage and handling marks with numerous scattered small spots of flaking on the finish.

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