This section is devoted to scholarly essays on illustration – including articles on individual illustrators, the history of illustration, and illustration collections and important movements in history.

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day  By Melissa Crowton  The modern picture book has come a long way. Not only has the medium and the format been explored, but the content has evolved to reflect the changing social consciousness. Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book, A Snowy Day came onto the scene at a time when

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00January 14th, 2015|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Plastic Harmony

“PLASTIC HARMONY” By Meltem Sahin The exposure to the explosions of colors shapes and words yet filled with immense negative space, ones’ mind overwhelm with “À Toute Épreuve”. Roughly meaning foolproof, “À Toute Épreuve” is an illustrated poem book, created through the exchange and collaboration of two life-long friends French poet Paul Eluard and Catalan

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00December 15th, 2014|Essays on Illustration, Student Research|0 Comments

Jessie Willcox Smith and the First Children’s Book Week Poster

By Ashley Yazdani In 1919, just after the First World War, a small group of Americans gathered to establish the first official Children’s Book Week, and to help communicate their cause they commissioned a poster from renowned illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith. This first poster, featuring a pair of children helping themselves to a bounty of

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00November 19th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Witches Night Out

Owen Smith (b. 1964) Halloween New Yorker, 2000 Cover illustration for The New Yorker (November 6, 2000)   Halloween, or All Hallows Eve,  is one of the times that harmful spirits are said to be active. In the U.S., we take that concept to mean that witches, among other spirits, are out that night seeing

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00November 18th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

The End

The illustrator Howard Pyle understood the essential elements of imagining the termination of a life or illustrating the passage of a lifetime. In the vignette seen below, he pictured an artist (himself really) seated under his umbrella painting the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga en plein air—in the open air. Standing behind the artist is the spirit of

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00August 20th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Visual Thrills

        Robert Crumb (b. 1943) Cheap Thrills   1967 Album cover for Big Brother and the Holding Company   The cover art of the Cheap Thrills album is one of the icons of the 1960s counter culture, and easily gave cartoonist R. Crumb a place in the pantheon of illustration art. I love

By |2016-11-14T10:19:05-05:00August 13th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

A Case of the Vapors

Shifting Visions of Vaporous Artistry There is something distinctive and magical about the way J. C. Leyendecker conveyed the fleeting properties of steam, smoke, and fog in his illustrations. His stylized (sometimes art nouveau-inspired) renditions of air-borne particulate matter first appeared while he was in Paris (1896-98) with his brother Frank X. studying at the

By |2016-11-14T10:19:05-05:00August 7th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Illustrating Active, Sporting Women

As early as 1893, Vogue magazine began commissioning illustrators to include images of active young woman participating in sporting activities. For example, the American illustrator  Charles M. Relyea (1863-1932) produced cover illustrations for the magazine featuring a woman driving a boat and another walking through a woods, with a shot gun in hand, flushing a

By |2016-11-14T10:19:05-05:00July 31st, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

At the Front, WWI

July 28, 2014 is the one hundredth anniversary * of the beginning of what the British called, The Great War. While America had already experienced the vast destruction (of humans and land) during our mid-19th century Civil War, World War I was the first time Europe experienced the broad devastation of land and people in

By |2016-11-14T10:19:05-05:00July 23rd, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Norman Rockwell Museum



Norman Rockwell Museum is Open 7 days a week year-round

May – October and holidays:

open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (July/August 2015)
Rockwell’s Studio open May through October.

November – April: open daily:

Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings:

The Museum is Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day





Members: FREE
Adults: $18.00
Seniors (65+): $17.00
College students with ID: $10.00
Children/teens 6 — 18: $6.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

Official Museum Website





Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

413-298-4100 x 221