Lot 30
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NORMAN ROCKWELL | Christmas Homecoming

400,000 - 600,000 USD
800,000 USD
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  • Norman Rockwell
  • Christmas Homecoming
  • signed and inscribed To my good friend/Anton Henry Dahl/cordially/Norman Rockwell' (lower left)
  • charcoal and pencil on paper


Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Inc., New York
Private collection (acquired from the above; sold: Sotheby's, New York, October 14, 1970, lot 35)
Hammer Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Eleanor Ettinger, New York
Thomas Charles Gallery
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1994


Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of the Arts; Brooklyn, New York, Brooklyn Museum; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; San Antonio, Texas, Marion Koogler McNay Institute; San Francisco, California, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Art Center; Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Omaha, Nebraska, Joslyn Art Museum; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, February 1972-April 1973, no. 45, p. 94, illustrated


Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. C446a, p. 181, illustrated p. 180

Catalogue Note

The present work is a preliminary study for Norman Rockwell's painting Christmas Homecoming (Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts), which appeared on the cover of the December 25, 1948 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. The image is the only one in the artist's oeuvre in which all five members of his immediate family appear and are portrayed as themselves. Rockwell's wife, Mary, embraces their eldest son, Jarvis, as he arrives home for the holidays with Christmas presents in hand. In the background, the artist appears with a pipe while the middle son Tom (in a plaid shirt) and the youngest son Peter (wearing glasses at the far left) look on excitedly. Grandma Moses, the artist, and Mead Schaeffer, the illustrator, are also rendered as family members alongside neighbors and friends. One of Rockwell's favorite models, Sharon O'Neil, appears twice as a set of twins in the immediate foreground.