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The Fugitive's Story

John Rogers, 30 Oct 1829 - 26 Jul 1904
Unidentified Woman
Unidentified Child
John Greenleaf Whittier, 17 Dec 1807 - 7 Sep 1892
Henry Ward Beecher, 24 Jun 1813 - 8 Mar 1887
William Lloyd Garrison, 10 Dec 1805 - 24 May 1879
Painted plaster
With Base: 55.9 x 43.2 x 36.2cm (22 x 17 x 14 1/4")
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Owner: Albany Institute of History and Art
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Sculptor John Rogers created a variety of allegorical and sentimental sculptures, which he patented, mass produced, and sold to the public. The Fugitive's Story depicts an imagined gathering of three prominent antislavery leaders-poet John Greenleaf Whittier (left), preacher Henry Ward Beecher, and abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison (seated)-listening to the story of a fugitive slave mother and child. Rogers interviewed and secured photographs of all three and made plaster life masks of Beecher and Garrison.
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Catalog of American Portraits