New UV protected vitrine! This was my case for the Norman Rockwell show, and I chose some Rockwell letters from our collection of artists’ letters and manuscripts. Here’s the label text:
These two letters are part of a series of five between Norman Rockwell and journalist Daniel Cusick. In this correspondence, Cusick and Rockwell discuss the possibility of Rockwell drawing a portrait of Cusick’s daughter from a photograph by Louis Lamone.
In these letters, Rockwell and Cusick also discuss Rockwell meeting Bob Dylan in Woodstock for LOOK magazine, Rockwell’s thoughts on the demise of the Saturday Evening Post, and the possibility of Cusick taping an interview with the artist. Rockwell in the last letter proposes a price for the portrait – 1500 dollars in 1970, equivalent to 8900 dollars today. No record of the actual commission of the drawing can be found in the Norman Rockwell Museum Archives or any other existing record.
The letters are an interesting glimpse into the personal and professional life of Rockwell, a busy professional artist and illustrator.
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