Overall: 24 x 11 x 11 in. ( 61 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm )
Genre figure, as described in Rogers' catalogue:
A painted plaster sculptural group featuring "two females living on the border during our Civil War, and the only ones left to guard their home as the men are all in one army or the other, are suddenly called up by an alarm at midnight. The older one is in the act of cocking a revolver, while the other clings to her for protection"(Smith 70). Patent # 2062: May 9, 1865
Articles, Scrapbooks of miscellaneous clippings, etc. about John Rogers, Vols. 1, 3, 4, New York Historical Society.
"A Visit to the Studios: What the Artists are Doing," The Evening Post, Feb. 16, 1865, pp. 260-1.
Barck, Dorothy, "Rogers Group in the Museum of the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 3, October, 1932, p. 76.
Smith, Mrs. and Mrs. Chetwood, Rogers Groups: Thought and Wrought by John Rogers, Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed & Co., 1934, pp.70-1.
Wallace, David H., John Rogers, The People's Sculptor, Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1967, pp. 104, 148, 214, 284, 295, 297, 299, 304.
Bleier, Paul and Meta, John Rogers Statuary, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001, pp. 94-5.
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