"Santa on Train, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 2823

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By Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

1940 (Estimated)
38.00" x 30.00", Framed 47.00" x 39.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



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Original Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, December 28, 1940

At the heart of this touching and humorous Christmas work which appeared on the December 28, 1940 cover of THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, is the juxtaposition of the heads of the astonished boy holding a Drysdale package, the Drysdale poster of the store Santa in costume, and the drowsy man wearing the Santa pants and boots under his overcoat, obviously on his way home from work.  Rockwell’s gift as a storyteller in pictures is displayed here at its best.  The simple use of predominantly three colors – red, black and white, and the omission of any extraneous detail, add to the strength of this fine example of illustration art.



Fort Lauderdale Museum of the Arts, Ford Lauderdale, Florida, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, February 11- March 5, 1972.

The Booklyn Museum, March- April 1972

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, May 26, 1972- July 23, 1972

McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, July 1972- August 1972

M.H De Yound Memorial Museum, Golden State Park, San Francisco, California, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, September 9, 1972- September 5, 1972.

Osaka, Japan, Hankyu Department Store, April 4-9, 1975.


The Saturday Evening Post, December 29, 1940, cover illustration.

A.L. Guptill, Norman Rockwell: Illustrator, New York, 1946, p.179, cover illustrated.

T.S. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator, New York, 1970, no. 529, illustrated.

T.S. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1972, p. 78, illustrated.

M. Hart Hennessey and A. Knutson, Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1999, p. 160, illustrated. C. Finch, Norman Rockwell’s America, New York, 1975, p.263, no. 338, illustrated.

N. Rockwell, Rockwell on Rockwell, New York, 1979, p.55, illustrated.

L.N Moffat, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 146-145, no. C387, illustrated.

J. Kirk, Christmas with Norman Rockwell, North Dighton, Massachusetts, 1990, p.77, illustrated.

K.A. Marling, Norman Rockwell, New York, 1997, pp. 58-59, illustrated.

C. Finch, Norman Rockwell: 332 Magazine Covers, New York, 2013, pp. 223 and 380, illustrated.

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