For the first time in Florida, the Elliott Museum will showcase an exceptional collection of artwork by Norman Rockwell and his mentor, JC Leyendecker, which will make its public debut with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on November 4.
The exhibition, on view until March 3, will feature 20 original works, 10 by Rockwell and 10 by Leyendecker, as well as each artist’s complete vintage collections. Saturday night post covers, totaling 323 by Rockwell and 322 by Leyendecker. The magazine’s covers date from 1899 to 1963, providing a visual history of two World Wars, the Great Depression and 16 presidential terms, as well as timeless scenes of family life and childhood.
“We are delighted that the Elliot Museum promotes classic Americana, and what could be more American than Norman Rockwell? said Judy Goffman Cutler, director of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. “This configuration has never been seen before in Florida. The scope and poignancy are truly brilliant.
Through this exhibit, Cutler hopes to highlight the mentorship and influence Leyendecker had with Rockwell. She encourages visitors to compare their works, which both reflect similar moments in American history.