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Rockwell and Leyendecker in sight at the Elliott

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JC Leyendecker, (1874-1951), War Hero Telling Stories, 1919, oil on canvas, 27 1/2″ x 19 1/2″, signed lower right. Cover of the Saturday Evening Post, May 10, 1919. © 2022 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, www.americanillustration.org, and American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY, www.americanillustrators.com

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.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Doughboy and His Admirers, 1919, oil on canvas, 24 1/2
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Doughboy and His Admirers, 1919, oil on canvas, 24 1/2″ x 21 1/2″, signed lower left. Cover of the Saturday Evening Post, February 22, 1919. © 2022 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, www.americanillustration.org, and American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY, www.americanillustrators.com

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.

From October, the Elliot Museum will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here or call Elliot Museum at (772) 225-1961.