Lot 64
  • 64

Norman Rockwell

Estimate
300,000 - 500,000 USD
Sold
855,000 USD
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Description

  • Norman Rockwell
  • Two Old Men and Dog: Hunting
  • signed Norman/Rockwell (lower left)
  • oil on Masonite
  • 24 x 22 inches

Provenance

Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, Minnesota (commissioned from the artist)
Private collection, North Dakota, 1960 (acquired from the above; sold: Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, June 5, 2008, lot 66287)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Literature

Brown & Bigelow, Four Seasons calendar, Autumn 1950
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: Catalogue Raisonné, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, vol. I, no. A123, p. 309, illustrated p. 308

Catalogue Note

Norman Rockwell was commissioned to illustrate the Brown & Bigelow Four Seasons calendars from 1948 through 1964. Each year, the calendar had one central theme for which four separate illustrations were made, one for each season. Rockwell's 1950 series told the story of two men and their loyal dog. The group of three is pictured playing chess in winter, fishing in spring, swimming in summer and, as illustrated in the present work, hunting in fall.

Correspondence from Brown & Bigelow dated October 1969 discussing the present work reads, "This picture will increase in value every year. Incidentally we will no longer sell any original paintings so your customer really has a collector's item." The correspondence and original sales receipt dated February 28, 1960 will accompany this lot. 
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