Portrait of Bob Hope by Norman Rockwell
February 13, 1954 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Portrait of Bob Hope, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published February 13, 1954. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 280th overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the second cover for The Post in 1954. In 1954, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 196.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover sell for respectable sums on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Portrait of Bob Hope
With this painting, Norman Rockwell fully captures the essence of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
Hope had just returned from a trip to Europe the day he posed for Rockwell. Rockwell was worried that a degree of exhaustion might hamper the personality of the entertainer.
He needn't have worried about that.
Rockwell was able to capture that same mischeivious look that Hope's millions of fans have come to recognize and love.
Bob was thee fifth of seven Hope sons. His given name was Leslie Townes Hope. Although born in Eltham, England on May 29, 1903, his family moved to Cleveland Ohio in 1907.
Hope's long receord of entertaining and serving cannot and need not be reproduced here. I recommend http://www.bobhope.com for more information.
Portrait of Bob Hope was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Hope was friends with presidents, generals, sports champions and everyday folks.
His decades entertaining anyone who needed it may never be matched.
But we have this portrait to remind us of the man.
Thanks for the memory.
Norman Rockwell's Portrait of Bob Hope (1954)
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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