The Council Of War

by

John Rogers

John Rogers (1929-1904) was with little doubt the most "popular" American sculptor of the last half of the 19th century.  Working in plaster creating Victorian decorative groups of statuary, he is often referred to as the "Norman Rockwell" of his time.   Rogers distinguished himself early in his career with the many poignant American Civil War subjects he created and realized into his various groups of statuary.  One his most impressive Civil War offerings is, without doubt, "The Council of War" that was first introduced in 1868.  In planning this group, Rogers sought the advice of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton who, in a letter to a relative of Rogers and dated 7 May 1867, recounted one of Lincoln's most important war councils.  "General Grant after returning from his first visit to the Army of the Potomac, laid before the President the plan of operations he proposed to adopt [for 1864].  This was at the War Department, and the group would embrace the three figures of the President, Secretary of War and General Grant.  It would require no accessories but a roll or map in the hands of the General."  Rogers followed Stanton's advice except that the map is held by the President.  Rogers spent time with both Stanton and Grant making sketches of them to guide his sculpting.  For Lincoln, Rogers had only photographs upon which to rely for his sculpting but apparently did such a fine job of it that Lincoln's son, Tad, remarked that it was the best likeness of his father that he had ever seen.

The popularity of Rogers' works spawned numerous replications of some of his original plaster pieces in parian, various ceramics, and bronze in the late 19th century and early 20th century.   In keeping with that past practice, K&G Enterprises is pleased to offer this truly stunning and impressive contemporary BRONZE replication of John Rogers' "The Council Of War," replicated from an original plaster example.  The molten poured and cast bronze piece stands 24" tall (not counting the thickness of the marble base), consists of the highest quality bronze (the piece weighs in at 135 pounds with the marble base), and exhibits extraordinary workmanship and detail.  BE SURE TO REVIEW THE LAST THUMBNAIL IN THIS SET OF PICTURES TO APPRECIATE THE RECENT QUALITY UPGRADE THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS OFFERING ALONG WITH A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN  ITS PRICE--the best of all worlds for the buyer.   If you have an interest in this now very reasonably priced substantial piece,  contact by e-mail  K&G Enterprises or write K&G Enterprises, p.o.b. 889, Cullowhee, NC  28723 for detail, ordering, and pricing information--serious inquiries only, please.

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