"Bedtime"   Lot no. 3287

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By Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

1923 (Estimated)
21" x 19"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right

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The boy pictured on the lap of the women in the painting called “Bedtime” by Norman Rockwell is the son of John A. Chew. The boy was 5 years old in 1923 when “Bedtime” was painted. Mr. Chew and Mr. Rockwell were neighbors in New Rochelle, NY in the 1920’s and had become lifelong friends. Norman Rockwell would sketch and illustrate advertisements for Mr. Chew’s company. Rockwell had asked to use Mr. Chew and other family members in several paintings over the years; many which were Saturday Evening Post covers.This painting is the cover for Literary Digest issue, Vol. 76, No. 13, March 31, 1923. After the painting was complete, he gave it to Mr. Chew as a gift. The painting remained in his hands until the late 1950’s when it was passed onto a son and then in 1997 was passed onto a grandson. The painting has been owned by the Chew family since 1923.

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