"Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed."
- Norman Rockwell
Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was an American painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades.
At age 21, Rockwell’s family moved to New Rochelle, New York, a community whose residents included such famous illustrators as J.C. and Frank Leyendecker and Howard Chandler Christy. There, Rockwell set up a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe and produced work for such magazines as Life, Literary Digest, and Country Gentleman. In 1916, the 22-year-old Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by Rockwell to be the “greatest show window in America.” Over the next 47 years, another 321 Rockwell covers would appear on the cover of the Post.
The Archive is proud to offer a superb collection of original, large offset prints (19 x 25 inches) signed by Rockwell in permanent ink, published by Harry N. Abrams and printed in Japan in 1972. Taken from his Saturday Evening Post covers, these are archetypal Rockwell images, each quite famous in its own right. Only one copy each of 15 pieces is available for purchase.
View the full archive of Rockwell's iconic Saturday Evening Post covers