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Is It So Nominated in the Bond?

John Rogers

American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Painted plaster
DATES 1880
DIMENSIONS 23 x 21 x 11 in. (58.4 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Inscribed on top of base at left: "JOHN ROGERS / 1880" and inscribed on second step at back: "PATENTED / JUNE 1, 1880"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on front edge of base: '"IS IT SO NOMINATED IN THE BOND?"' and above title identifying respective figure: "ANTONIO BASSANIO PORTIA SHYLOCK"
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statuette of figural group based on Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," the famous trial scene from the fourth act; plaster painted light tan color. Four figures in period garb standing on oval base: in center, Portia (female figure masquerading as male lawyer) stands on staircase holding scroll in proper right hand and gesturing to Shylock; bearded Shylock stands on right side pointing to scroll with proper right hand and holding knife and other implements in proper left hand; Antonio and Bassanio stand at left side, Bassanio, seen in 3/4 rear view, holds money bag in proper right hand and places other hand on Antonio's shoulder; Antonio opens his robes to expose chest. Condition: Good, few minor chips.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION John Rogers (American, 1829-1904). Is It So Nominated in the Bond?, 1880. Painted plaster, 23 x 21 x 11 in. (58.4 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1058 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1058.jpg)
IMAGE front, X1058.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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