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 John Rogerson  (1837 - 1925)

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Lived/Active: New Brunswick/Massachusetts / Canada/Canada/Scotland      Known for: ship figurehead carving

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There are a handful of figureheads identified as the work of John Rogerson, all very similar in subject and dress. Rogerson was born in 1837 in Scotland, immigrating to the United States in 1849 at the age of twelve to join his father who was already living in Boston. Unfortunately, he arrived to find that his father had died, and so he moved to New Brunswick, Canada to live with his uncle, Edward Charters. He worked with his uncle for a short time before returning to Boston to work with John D. Fowle.

Fowle was one of the best known of American ship carvers, and Rogerson worked with him for two years before returning to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, to open his own business as a ship carver. Particular skill with lifelike, billowing drapery, embellished relief work, and tightly bound hair are all characteristics of Rogerson's work. John Rogerson retired as a ship carver in 1887 and went to work at the local custom house.

He died in 1925.

A similar example by Rogerson, the figurehead for the ship Edinburgh, sold at Christie's, New York, January 2007, lot 163. Rogerson's figurehead for the Lady Edmonton resides in the collection of the Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

Provenance: Acquired by the New Bedford Whaling Museum from Francis Thurber Meyer in 1926, where it remained until its deaccessioning in 2007.

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