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    Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)
    Mother Tucking Children into Bed (Mother's Little Angels) Literary Digest cover, January 29, 1921
    Oil on canvas
    24-1/2 x 24-1/4 inches (62.2 x 61.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: Norman / Rockwell

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Rudolph E. Leppert, Literary Digest Editor, gift from the above, 1921;
    By descent to the present owner.

    EXHIBITED:
    Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 2016-2019.

    LITERATURE:
    Literary Digest, January 29, 1921, cover
    L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 54-55, no. C144, illustrated.

    Few images hold the same sense of nostalgia in the American consciousness that that of a mother tucking her little children into bed at night. Similarly, few artists have ever captivated the nation's imagination as adeptly as America's most beloved illustrator, Norman Rockwell. From his earliest advertisements to his patriotic World War II subjects. Rockwell's virtuoso was in his ability to capture the essence of American culture and a view pf a more innocent time in our country's history.

    Between 1918 and 1923, the Literary Digest featured Rockwell artwork on its cover a total of forty-seven times. Painted in 1921, Mother Tucking Children into Bed (Mother's Little Angels , arguably Rockwell's most iconic and best-known Literary Digest cover of all time, features Rockwell's first wife Irene as the model for the mother, tucking in her two rosy-cheeked cherubs into bed, safe and sound. The painting was gifted by the artist to Rudolph E. Leppert, famed Literary Digest Editor, in 1921, and has remained in the family to this day. Heritage is honored to present this impeccable masterwork for sale for the first time since its inception.


    Estimate: $1,800,000 - $2,400,000.

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