Object photography

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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery.GALF.CASE

Object description

  • John Rogers (American, 1829-1904)
  • Why don't you speak for yourself, John?, 1892
  • Plaster, paint
  • New York, United States
  • H: 20 in, W: 18 in, D: 12 in (H: 50.8 cm, W: 45.7 cm, D: 30.5 cm)
  • Gift of Ralph B. Harris, 1993
  • 103522


On the base: "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?", under the figure of the man and woman, respectively: John Alden, Priscilla


This is a sculpture depicting the figures of a woman and a man in Pilgrim garb. The women sits at a spinning wheel while the man stands behind her, hat in hand and leaning on a chair. Further Remarks: This work illustrates the pivotal scene in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1858 narrative poem The Courtship of Miles Standish, set in the Plymouth colony in 1621. John Alden has come to ask Priscilla to marry his best friend Miles Standish. Favoring John over Miles, she asks: "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?"

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present