Randolph Rogers, an American sculptor, born in the state of New York about 1825. In early manhood he spent several years in Rome studying his art. On his return home he soon became known through his statue of " Nydia, the Blind Girl of Pompeii," his "Boy and Dog," and other compositions. Returning to Rome, where he now resides (1875), he executed a statue of John Adams, now in Mt. Auburn cemetery. In 1858 he designed and modelled the bronze door for the eastern entrance to the rotunda of the capitol at Washington. The work, which is 17 ft. high and 9 ft. wide, is divided into eight panels, each of which represents in alto rilievo a scene in the life of Columbus. Between the panels and on the sides are 16 statuettes of the eminent contemporaries of Columbus. After this he was employed for several years in finishing the designs for the Washington monument at Richmond, begun by Crawford. Since the civil war he has designed and executed large memorial monuments for the states of Rhode Island and Michigan. The former, which was erected in Providence in 1871, is 50 ft. high; the crowning statue, "America," is 10 ft. high; and on the angles of the pedestal are statues 7 ft. high representing the four branches of the service.
The latter, erected in Detroit in 1873, is similar in design, but larger and more elaborate; it is surmounted by a statue representing Michigan. Among Rogers's other works are a colossal bronze statue of Lincoln, unveiled in Philadelphia in 1871, a statue for the Colt monument in Hartford entitled "The Angel of the Resurrection," and ideal statues of "Ruth" and "Isaac".