January 11, 2011
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Norman Rockwell's America...In England Opens to Critical Acclaim!


Exhibition Organizers

National Museum of American Illustration · American Illustrators Gallery, NYC 

(l-r) NMAI Founders Laurence & Judy Cutler, Dulwich Museum Director Ian Dejardin & Chairman James Lupton


The Bid. Norman Rockwell, 1948
It has been a few weeks since the debut of the NMAI and AIG-organized traveling exhibition Norman Rockwell's America...In England at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery (oldest art museum in the UK), and the response from the British public and art press has been overwhelmingly positive. While taking place during London's most intense bout of snowy weather in years, the exhibition drew record-setting attendance at its December 15th premiere. High attendance figures have continued since the debut, with Dulwich staff reporting not only "people queuing to get in" to the exhibition, but also "queuing to get into the [gift] shop!"

The exhibition premiere was scheduled as part of Dulwich's 200th Anniversary celebration (1811 - 2011). It is the first exhibition of Rockwell's work in the UK.  For an American artist to be exhibited alongside Dulwich's world-renowned Old Masters collection including Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Canaletto and other notables is a great honor and an historic milestone. It is emblematic of the global recognition of American illustration and its cultural and artistic merits.

NMAI Founders Speech at Dulwich Debut
NMAI Founders Judy & Laurence Cutler address the audience at exhibtion debut

Rockwell at Work
Norman Rockwell in his studio, 1950

The exhibition was listed by BBC History Magazine as one of the "Ten things to do in December", and has received many glowing reviews. It was placed on the Sunday Times Critical List of cultural events as this year's "must see", alongside other exhibitions on Gauguin, Thomas Lawrence, and Vermeer. The Telegraph described Rockwell's Post cover illustrations when viewed collectively as "a monumental installation about America's changing view of itself over the course of the 20th century."

The Arts Desk described the exhibition thusly: "...a supremely accomplished draughtsman... unfailingly technically impressive and a master at conveying expression."
Attendees at Premier of Norman Rockwell's America...In England
  Attendees at Norman Rockwell's America...In England debut, Dec. 15, 2010

Norman Rockwell's America...In England includes 40 original Rockwell paintings, as well as all of his 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers. The exhibition remains on display at Dulwich until March 27, and returns to the NMAI on Memorial Day weekend for viewing by American audiences during Summer 2011.

A softcover edition of the same title accompanies the exhibition. This, along with another softcover edition - Norman Rockwell and his Mentor: J.C. Leyendecker - are on sale in the NMAI museum shop. Call or visit the NMAI to purchase your copies!

Softcover Editions Available

Norman Rockwell's America
...In England

Norman Rockwell's America...In England
Spans Rockwell's sixty year career!
Over 200 pages
Hundreds of full-color illustrations, including
all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers illustrated by Rockwell!
Normally $35
Special $30!


Norman Rockwell & his
 Mentor: J.C. Leyendecker
Norman Rockwell & his Mentor: J.C. Leyendecker
Delves into Leyendecker's Astounding Influence on Rockwell
Shows masterworks by the Saturday Evening Post's two most popular cover artists
114 pages
Includes a comparative timeline of the two artists' lives
Normally $30
Special $25!


Or Purchase Both
at Special New Year's Discount
Combined Price $48! 

(retail value of $65)


These and many other illustration-themed books and gifts are available in the NMAI Museshop, and may be purchased in person, or over the phone.

 To purchase by phone, or to make reservations for an NMAI visit, call:
 401.851.8949 ext. 18. 


Read UK Exhibition Reviews

click links below

1. Artdaily.org

First Ever Exhibition of Norman Rockwell's Original Works on View at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
December 15, 2010


2. The Art Desk

Norman Rockwell's America, Dulwich Picture Gallery

December 16, 2010


3. BBC History Magazine

Ten Things to do in...December

December 2010


4. Culture 24

The Illustrations of Norman Rockwell's 20th Century America at Dulwich Picture Gallery

December 24, 2010


5. Culture 24

Norman Rockwell's Vision of America at Dulwich Picture Gallery

December 13, 2010


6. The Epoch Times

Time Flies In Our Face

December 15-21, 2010


7. House & Garden

American Dreaweaver

January 1, 2011



American Eye

Winter 2010


9. Mercury

Legendary US Artist's Debut UK Show

December 15, 2009


10. Prospect

Prospect Recommends

December 1, 2010


11. South London Press

Rock(well) of all ages

December 10, 2010


12. The Telegraph

Norman Rockwell: Lost America Captured in Kitsch

December 7, 2010


13. The Times

Illustrating Examples

January 5, 2011 


14. The Sunday Times

The Critical List

December 19, 2010


15. The Wall Street Journal

At a Norman Rockwell Sale, It's Still Cool to Be Square

December 4, 2010


16. Diplomat

Rockwell Listing

December 1, 2010



 Listen To and Watch Media Reviews


1. BBC Radio Interview



2. London Telegraph
Tour of Exhibition with DPG Director Dejardin

Below: Gallery Road Entrance Banner, DPG Director Ian Dejardin with Visitors, Father & Daughter examining Post covers, Couple viewing Russian Schoolroom, DPG's Dejardin Opining, DPG Museum Shop Display, View of Gallery 8 w/Post covers, View of Gallery 9 w/Rockwell Masterworks, Opposite Wall in Gallery 9 w/Post covers.


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The National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent, educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carrére and Hastings designed Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art. Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, and 75 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture, creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure. The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.


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