Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Photo of the Day: ‘Boy Asleep With Hoe,’ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Three years ago, during the last time I visited the Norman Rockwell Museum, this particular photo took my fancy. The poor boy in this 1919 work for the Saturday Evening Post, when you think about it, doesn’t do anything that adults wouldn’t if they had their way. He’s exhausted, and he’d just feel so much better if he could take off his hat, shoes and socks. Anyway, Rover here will wake him up. Right?

This work  had gone missing in a private home in Cherry Hill, NJ back in 1976. At the time of my visit, it had only been about half a year when the FBI had recovered it. The museum got this as a result of a loan from its current owner. Since 2017, thousands of visitors had the opportunity to see this again!

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