Lot 75
  • 75

Norman Rockwell 1894 - 1978

1,000,000 - 1,500,000 USD
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  • Norman Rockwell
  • Dreams in the Antique Shop (Woman Daydreaming in Attic)
  • signed Norman Rockwell (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 35 by 30 inches
  • (88.9 by 76.2 cm)
  • Painted in 1923.


Frank Hatch, 1923 (acquired from the artist)
Bay Bath Junior College, Longmeadow, Massachusetts (gift from the above; sold: Illustration House, New York, November 5, 1994)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
American Illustrators Gallery, New York
Private Collection (acquired from the above)


Newport, Rhode Island, National Museum of American Illustration; London, England, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Norman Rockwell’s America… in England, May 2010-March 2011, pp. 62-65, illustrated p. 63


Literary Digest, November 17, 1923, illustrated in color on the cover
The Grade Teacher, November 1946, illustrated in color on the cover
Mary Moline, Norman Rockwell's Encyclopedia: A Chronological Catalogue of the Artist's Work, 1910-1978, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1979, p. 31
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. C168, p. 63, illustrated p. 62
Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator, New York, 1988, p. 33, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Norman Rockwell executed his first cover illustration for Literary Digest in 1918 and he would ultimately produce more than 40 for the publication. Rockwell’s Literary Digest imagery typically included families, exploring the relationships between children and their parents for example. Dreams in the Antique Shop, the penultimate painting the artist created for this magazine, demonstrates Rockwell’s preoccupation with genre painting at this time; the assortment of objects and textiles he renders as well as in his focus on a lone, contemplative female figure evokes the work of 17th century Dutch painters like Gerrit Dou. Rockwell painted his last cover for Literary Digest in 1923, by which time his commissions from The Saturday Evening Post increasingly commanded his time and attention.