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Norman Rockwell Collector Plates
Warm Springs Village Mall is pleased to announce the latest addition to our growing line of gifts for everyday giving - The Norman Rockwell collector plates.
8-1/8" Plates with 23K Gold Etched Border. Each numbered plate is limited to 25,000 worldwide.
Add to your collection or begin one today. View items in the Norman Rockwell collection at www.warmspringsvillage.com. Click on category Norman Rockwell.
about Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist, and his gift was apparent early in life. He sold his first four illustrations for Christmas cards at 16 and at 19, he was the youngest art director at Boy's Life, official publication of the Boy Scouts of America.
Still in his teens, Norman Rockwell established a thriving career as a freelance illustrator. And he was only 22 when his first cover appeared on The Saturday Evening Post.
Norman Percival Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894. At 14 he was enrolled in art classes at the New York School of Art. In 1910 at the age of 16, he left high school to study art at the National Academy of Design. Rockwell's family moved to New Rochelle, NY when he was 21 and here he set up his first studio, producing art for many leading magazines. In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post. In 1939, he moved to Arlington, VT where his art began to consistently reflect small town American life.
Inspired by the speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1943, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms. His painting toured the country and helped raise more than $130 million in sale of War Bonds. Ten years later, the family moved to Stockbridge, Mass., where he lived and painted for the rest of his life.
Rockwell painted his last cover for The Saturday Evening Post in December 1963. It was a portrait of assassinated President John F. Kennedy framed in black. He devoted the remainder of his life and career illustrating what he considered to be the deepest concerns and issues of the time, including civil rights, the war on poverty and the exploration of space.
In 1977, Norman Rockwell received the nation's highest honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country". He died peacefully in his Stockbridge home on November 8, 1978 at the age of 84.
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2006