Sam Houston State University

"John Rogers, America’s Victorian Sculptor" Exhibit

For the first time in a decade, nineteen statues from the museum’s John Rogers’ (1829-1904) group statuary collection will be on display to the public. 

Just before the Civil War, while Sam Houston was still alive “the general hunger for statuary was still largely unsatisfied.  Sculpture was so highly regarded, as the noblest of the arts, that even the middle-class householder was eager to own a piece” (The People’s Sculptor, By David H. Wallace).  However, such a luxury was never affordable.  Sculptures for the most part were reserved for the wealthy.  That all changed when John Rogers came onto the scene.  He was the first American artist to create molds of his sculptures so that he could cast thousands of plaster duplicates making them more affordable.  Sam never owned one, but this production technique made Rogers’ sculptures become the “must have” for every Victorian home, especially in the Northeast.  His entrepreneurship and marketing strategies made sure of that by incorporating hot topics, current literary illustrations, sentimental situations, and everyday occurrences with which almost everyone could relate.  Each grouping tells a story with remarkable detail and gives the viewer a three-dimensional glimpse of the important and popular issues in the Victorian era.

The exhibit will be on display from August 17 to October 3, 2021 in the exhibit gallery at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center located at 1402 19th Street.  Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9AM to 4:30PM and Sunday Noon to 4:30PM (dates and times are subject to change).

For more information contact Megan Buro, Museum Marketing Manager, at 936-294-3839 or email

Saturday, September 25 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

More dates through October 3, 2021

Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, Exhibit Gallery 1402 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas

Event Type

Arts, Entertainment & Performances, Exhibit








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