The Early Book Illustrations of Norman RockwellBy Steven Lomazow, M.D.
After nearly forty years of collecting, including the contribution of my originalcollection in 1979 to the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge that formedthe basis for the 1986 catalogue raisonné,
Norman Rockwell, A DefinitiveCatalogue
, by Laurie Norton Moffatt (see p. xvii of that volume for theattribution), I can now state with reasonable surety that
the entirety of Rockwell’s
contributions to books in the first ten years of his career have been identified.The initial task of accumulating a comprehensive list involved a tortuous amountof painstaking research. Rockwell was a notoriously poor record keeper,compounded by a 1943 fire in his Arlington Vermont studio that destroyed mostof whatever paperwork he retained. At the time I first became involved, he wasstill alive but his memory had failed him. Even with the added convenience of theinternet, with its comprehensive bookselling sites and eBay, it took nearly thirtyyears to reproduce a second collection, adding only four additional illustrations.The purpose of this work is to supplement the Catalogue with additionalbibliographic information and some additional notes on collectible aspects. I willnot reproduce the illustrations but instead refer to them by catalog number.The format is organized chronologically.Steven Lomazow, M.D.West Orange, New JerseyMay 2010