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Norman Rockwell

Study for 'Freedom of Worship'

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

Property from an Important American Collection

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Study for 'Freedom of Worship'

Study for 'Freedom of Worship'

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

Lot sold:

625,000

USD

Property from an Important American Collection

Norman Rockwell

1894 - 1978

Study for 'Freedom of Worship'


oil and pencil on board

21 ½ by 17 ½ inches

(54.6 by 44.5 cm)

Painted in 1943.

There is frame abrasion along the extreme edges and the work retains an uneven varnish that is consistent with the artist's technique. Under UV: There is no apparent inpainting.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Curtis Publishing Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Helen E. Bell, New York (sold: Sotheby's, New York, April 21, 1978, lot 210)
Hammer Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Tableau Fine Art, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1996
Thomas S. Buechner, Norman Rockwell Artist, and Illustrator, New York, 1970, pp. 385-386, n.p.
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. II, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. S566a, p. 770
Norman Rockwell executed the present work as a preparatory study for Freedom of Worship, one of the four paintings that comprise his iconic Four Freedoms seriesInspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address, in which he outlined four essential human rights, Rockwell sought to capture the ideas of freedom from want, freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and freedom from fear through everyday moments of ordinary Americans. The paintings were published in The Saturday Evening Post over four consecutive weeks in 1943. The second in the series, Freedom of Worship, was published on February 27, 1943, alongside an essay by the philosopher Will Durant.