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    Sale 1972

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    7 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 157

    Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

    Portrait of an Indian Man

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    Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
    Portrait of an Indian Man
    signed and inscribed 'Dear Margaret,/Here's the head of one of the boys/you and I admired so much/in dear ole India/Norman' (lower left)
    oil on paper
    17 x 13 in. (43.2 x 33 cm.)


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    In 1962, Norman Rockwell was commissioned by the Saturday Evening Post to paint the portrait of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, for the cover of the January 19, 1963 issue. The artist and his wife Molly were accompanied to India by the then-editor of the Post Robert Sherrod and his wife, Margaret Carson (fig. 1). Rockwell's original portrait of Nehru, as well as the present work, were given as gifts by the artist to Ms. Carson, to commemorate the trip.

    Provenance

    The artist.
    Margaret Carson, gift from the above.
    By descent to the present owner.