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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Property from a Private Collection, New York
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Tides of Memory "Linda's dream was yours and mine--but her ship came in...and through the front door"

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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Tides of Memory "Linda's dream was yours and mine--but her ship came in...and through the front door"
signed 'Norman/Rockwell' (lower right)
oil on paperboard
18 5/8 x 15 in. (47.3 x 38.1 cm.), image; 19 ¼ x 15 ¾ in. (48.9 x 40 cm.), overall
Painted in 1936.
Provenance
The artist.
Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Inc., New York.
Private collection.
Private collection, London.
American Illustrators Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
G.M. Hillman, "Tides of Memory," American Magazine, October 1936, p. 30, illustrated.
T. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator, New York, 1970, p. 322, illustrated.
L.N. Moffat, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. II, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 598-99, no. S52, illustrated.
J.G. Cutler, L.S. Cutler, National Museum of American Illustration, Norman Rockwell's America, Newport, Rhode Island, 2012, pp. 98-99, illustrated.

Lot Essay

The present work was published as an illustration for Gordon Malherbe Hillman's short story "Tides of Memory" in the October 1936 issue of American Magazine.


"Tides of Memory" relates the story of Linda Craven, the last of the once prominent Craven family. Three hundred years before, her ancestors founded the town of Good Harbor. Today, the Depression has hit the town, and Linda has lost her job at the bank and her sense of security along with it. Still, when her long lost uncle Captain Thatcher arrives at her doorstep with nowhere else to go, she immediately sets to making a home for the old man. He restores her sense of purpose and inspires her new business. When he dies, it is revealed that the man once thought destitute left his large estate solely to Linda, and the distant relatives who turned their backs on the Captain during his life contest the will. In the present work, Linda is seen with her attorney friend as she is bracing for an uphill battle. In the end, forty of the seaworn captains and ladies of the once-thriving town testify to the goodhearted generosity of Linda Craven. Her security lies not in money--which she does win--but rather in the people she has always had.

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