We offer our rendition of John Roger's Group sculpture - "The Wounded Scout... A Friend in the Swamp", labeled with our foundry stamp.
A remarkable Civil War scene of a Union scout who appears to be shot with his arm in a slig being helped by an escaped slave through the treachurous swamp. "Such occurences were frequent during the war. The Union soldiers were met with uniform kindness at the hands of the colored population who often fed, sheltered, concealed, and helped homeward, escaped Union prisoners. This was done more through natural kindness than partisan feeling." - Paul and Meta Bleier.
Considered by some, the Norman Rockwell of his time, he captured snap shots of life with incredible detail. Many of his subjects included the Civil War, literary topics, theatre scenes, domestic life and historical figures preserved in sculptures he named groups made of plaster. He often used neighbors and family members to model for his sculptures. His acumen for marketing his art, which he may have thought was simply common sense, was in fact ahead of time and often practiced today. You will find many of his groups at the Rogers Studio Museum located on the New Canaan Historical Society campus.