John Rogers (American, 1829-1904). <em>Is It So Nominated in the Bond?</em>, 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)

Is It So Nominated in the Bond?

Artist:John Rogers

Medium: Painted plaster


Dimensions: 23 x 21 x 11 in. (58.4 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: X1058

Image: X1058.jpg,

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.

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