5 December 2013
Property from The Richard N. Barkle Revocable Trust
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
'My Sketch Book Proves You Can See More of Europe When You Fly Pan American' Says Norman Rockwell
signed 'Norman/Rockwell' (lower right)
oil on canvas
25 x 19¼ in. (63.5 x 48.9 cm.)
Painted circa 1956.
Gift to the present owner from the above.
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Life, May 21, 1956, p. 68.
L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 490-93, nos. A616, A623, A625, A631, illustrated.
Richard N. Barkle was the Director of Public Relations for Pan American Airlines and during his tenure he was responsible for cultivating business relationships and accompanying notable journalists, entertainment personalities and foreign dignitaries around the world. Before he retired, Mr. Barkle's address book of close contacts read like a who's who of the leading columnists, broadcast journalists and television and radio figures of the day. In 1956, Norman Rockwell was commissioned to complete print illustrations for Pan American to illustrate the top international destinations where the airline flew. Mr. Barkle accompanied Rockwell on the trip and forged a fast friendship with the artist, resulting in the gift of the present painting.
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