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Artist:
John Rogers, born Salem, MA 1829-died New Canaan, CT 1904  Search this
Medium:
painted plaster
Dimensions:
23 x 20 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (58.3 x 52.6 x 31.0 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
patented 1860
Luce Center Label:
“Is It So Nominated in the Bond?” is from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, and was one of John Rogers’s most popular works. In the scene, Antonio has been called to trial against the moneylender Shylock, who is demanding a pound of flesh for nonpayment of a loan. Antonio’s friend Portia is dressed as a judge trying to bargain with Shylock. Upon the suggestion that a surgeon be present when the flesh is extracted, Shylock challenges, “Is it so nominated in the bond?” to which Portia replies, “It is not so express’d; but what of that? ‘Twere good you do so much for charity.”
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Performing arts\theater  Search this
Literature\Shakespeare\Merchant of Venice  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Rogers and Son
Object number:
1882.1.3
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1882.1.3