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ROGERS, Randolph, sculptor, born in Waterloo, neat' Auburn, New York, 6 July, 1825. Until the age of twenty-three he was engaged in mercantile pursuits in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in New York city. He then went to Italy and studied with Lorenzo Bartolini, at Rome, from 1848 till 18,50. On his return he opened a studio in New York, where he remained until 1855. In that year he returned to Italy, where he has resided since that time. Among his earlier works are " Ruth," an ideal bust (1851); " Nydia" (1856) ; " Boy Skating," " Isaac," full-length, and the statue of John Adams, in Mt. Auburn cemetery (1857). One of his best-known works, the bas-reliefs on the doors of the capitol at Washington, representing scenes in the life of Columbus, was designed in 1858, and cast in bronze at Munich. In 1861 he completed the Washington monument at Richmond, which had been left unfinished by Thomas Crawford, adding the statues of Marshtall, Mason, and Nelson, for which Craw-ford had made no design, as well as some allegorical figures. His other works include " Angel of the Resurrection," on the monument of Colonel Samuel Colt, Hartford, Connecticut (1861-'2) ; "Isaac," an ideal bust (1865); memorial monuments for Cincinnati (1863-'4), Providence (1871), Detroit (1872), and Worcester, Massachusetts (1874); "Lost Pleiad" (1875); "Genius of Connecticut," on the capitol at Hartford (1877) ; and an equestrian group of Indians, in bronze (1881). He has also executed portrait statues of Abraham Lincoln, for Philadelphia (1871), and William H. Seward, for New York (1876).
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