Elect Casey by Norman Rockwell
November 8, 1958 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Elect Casey, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 8, 1958. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 303rd overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's career with the Post, spanning 47 years, began with his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 and continued through his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the fifth cover for The Post in 1958. In 1958, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 52 x 42 inches or 132 x 106.5 cm, is part of the collection of Curtis Publishing.
This painting also appears in six Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Two studies is also reproduced on page 221 and 222 of the Norman Rockwell Catalogue.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover bring good prices on eBay, when it is available. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Norman Rockwell perfectly captures election night disappointment in this painting.
Well, this election is over.
The candidate, the "People's Choice" as it is proclaimed on his campaign posters, has lost. He has lost by more than a landslide.
No one could accurately predict the outcome of an election, but ta defeat of this magnitude seems to have overcome Mr. Casey.
Notice the contrast between the two portraits of Casey. What a difference a couple of hours makes.
No doubt, Mr Casey will be back to his old self after the shock of the election wears off.
Bernard T. Casey portrayed himself in this painting. Casey was an eight term State Legislator from Boston, Massachusetts. He never lost an election and certainly never by this margin. When he retired from piublic office, he continued full time as a telephone company executive..
Elect Casey 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.
The fellow smoking a cigar seems to be telling the candidate to get up and get over his disappointment. This character was modeled by Tom Carey, a Stockbridge, Massachusetts local. Carey carried mail and was a seasonal tourist guide.
Norman Rockwell's Elect Casey (1958)
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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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