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Museum of American Illustration

Society of Illustrators - New York, New York

The Museum of American Illustration features three original Norman Rockwell paintings in its permanent collection.

While the three Rockwell paintings do not comprise the bulk of the Museum's collection, Norman Rockwell art collectors will, of course consider them the most important part.

Of course, the Museum has many other fine works of art in addition to these Norman Rockwell original paintings.

Many other artists, such as Dean Cornwell and others, from the Golden Age of American Illustration (1870-1965) have their works represented in this celebrated collection.

Museum of American Illustration: Three Original Norman Rockwell Paintings

The first and most important painting, in my opinion, is The Christmas Coach (Dover Coach). This is one of Norman Rockwell's largest paintings.

The Christmas Coach, a oil on canvas, was first published in the December 28, 1935 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, taking up 2 pages, pages 18 through 19. As noted earlier, this is a large and very wide illustration.

The Christmas Coach also appears in the header graphic at the museum's website. It's not the same as seeing it in person, but it's better than not seeing it at all.

The museum also houses two portraits, the first of which is the Portrait of Wesley B. McKeown. This portrait was rendered with charcoal on paper and is from 1969. Wesley B. McKeown was an author and illustrator.

Also included in the museum's collection is another portrait named Portrait of a Woman. The year and date this was painted is unknown. The name of the subject is also unknown. Portrait of a Woman is a 19 x 16 inches or 48.5 x 40.5 cm charcoal and pencil on board.

Of course, the Museum has many other fine works of art in addition to these Norman Rockwell original paintings. Many other artists, such as Dean Cornwell and others, from the Golden Age of American Illustration (1870-1965) have their works represented in this celebrated collection.

This Museum is definitely worth a visit.

About The Society of Illustrators' Museum of American Illustration

The museum is operated by the Society of Illustrators.

Museum hours are:
Tuesdays 10AM to 8PM,
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10AM to 5PM
Saturdays 12 NOON to 4PM.
The Museum is closed on Mondays and on most holidays.

Admission is free.

The address is
128 East 63rd Street
New York, New York 10065

Phone (212) 838-2560

Visit the museum website. (Opens new window.)

This museum is not to be confused with another one with a similar name, The National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island.

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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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Norman Rockwell Christmas and Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Galleries are open.

Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
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