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Norman Rockwell
The Dugout, Post Cover

1948

About the Item

Signed by Artist Lower Left The present work was published on the cover of the September 4th, 1948 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. An accompanying “Keeping Posted” article about Norman Rockwell’s process behind the painting was printed on page 10 inside the issue. (Image above) The Post described, “Boston baseball fans saw a strange spectacle at Braves’ Field early this summer. As the stands filled, two respectable-looking men stood on the field staring at the spectators. Every now and then they would point to someone, run up into the stands and invite the man or woman to sit in a box above the dugout. Then the thinner of the two would contort his face into an expression of wild delight or disgust and invite the spectator to do the same, while a photographer made pictures. The explanation is on our cover. The two suspicious characters were Kenneth Stuart, the Post’s art editor and the artist, Normal Rockwell. For a detailed description of how Boston fans acted out a baseball game long before the warm-up, see Keeping Posted.” (The Saturday Evening Post, September 4th, 1948, p. 3) EXHIBITED Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, Norman Rockwell and a Century of American Illustration, March 22-May 14, 1972. Naples, Florida, Naples Museum of Art, The Great American Game: Baseball, February 1-May 13, 2007. LITERATURE The Saturday Evening Post, September 4, 1948, pp. 3, 10, cover illustration. C. Finch, Norman Rockwell’s America, New York, 1975, p. 289, illustrated. T. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: Artist & Illustrator, New York, 1970, p. 435, illustrated. T. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, New York, 1972, p. 95. L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, p. 179, no. C444, illustrated. A. Nemerov, Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov, San Francisco, California, 2015, p. 50.
  • Creator:
    Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1948
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 17.25 in (43.82 cm)Width: 16 in (40.64 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Fort Washington, PA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 45371stDibs: LU384312317992
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