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American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists

 
Lot 56
 

56

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978)
Character Study

Signed 'NORMAN/ROCKWELL' bottom right; also dedicated 'My very best wishes/to/Sir Jay Chernis/Cordially/Norman Rockwell/November 3rd/1975' verso, oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (41.3 x 46.4cm)

Provenance

The Artist.
Collection of Sir Jay Chernis (1906-1996), circa 1970.
By descent in the Chernis family.
Private Collection, New York.

Sold for $30,240
Estimated at $30,000 - $50,000


 
Signed 'NORMAN/ROCKWELL' bottom right; also dedicated 'My very best wishes/to/Sir Jay Chernis/Cordially/Norman Rockwell/November 3rd/1975' verso, oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (41.3 x 46.4cm)

Provenance

The Artist.
Collection of Sir Jay Chernis (1906-1996), circa 1970.
By descent in the Chernis family.
Private Collection, New York.

Note

The present work belonged to Sir Jay Chernis (1906-1996), an American composer known for submitted an anthem to the Queen of England, which precipitated his knighthood and made him Composer Laureate. Chernis met Rockwell in Stockbridge in the fall of 1975, and had his painting dedicated by the master then, as proven by the heartfelt inscription of the reverse of the present work.
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