05-18-2012 05-18-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2598B Boston
May 18, 2012 12:00 PMCalender

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) The Gossips (Vignette I)

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2598B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 18, 2012 12:00PM


Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)

The Gossips (Vignette I)
Initialed "N.R." l.r., inscribed "Nancy Rockwell From her son Norman Rockwell" on th
Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor surface grime, scattered craquelure.

Provenance: Collection of Robert Fuoss, former editor at The Saturday Evening Post, then by descent within the family.

Literature: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Volume I, (Hanover: University Press of New England, 1986), p. 685, no. S381a.

N.B. The present work was one of seven vignettes of various parings (one adult to another) that were created as story illustrations for the Ladies' Home Journal (November 1936) for a picture editorial called "Gossips" by Norman Rockwell.

This image is related in subject to the Saturday Evening Post cover illustration published on March 6, 1948 called "The Gossips," (Moffatt C441).

We wish to thank the Norman Rockwell Museum for their kind assistance cataloguing the lot.

Estimate $30,000-50,000

Craquelure to areas of heaviest impasto on both women's hats; may benefit from a very gentle cleaning; no additional condition issues to report.

The work is also listed in ProjectNORMAN through the Norman Rockwell Museum (http://collection.nrm.org).


Norman Rockwell, Nancy Rockwell, editor, Robert Fuoss, The Saturday Evening Post, Laurie Norton Moffatt, University Press, New England, Ladies' Home Journal, Norman Rockwell Museum