Painting a picture of clarity: Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter shares research on the man she called ‘Pop’

(Emily Thurlow)
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, shares some details about her grandfather and his work during a talk moderated by Tim Newton, chairman and CEO of the Salmagundi Club, held at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

Learning about family history and upbringing is often seen as a personal rite of passage along the road to self discovery and identity. But when your last name is Rockwell, it’s a different kind of experience.

What started as an exploration into her family heritage following the release of a controversial biography has turned into a gift for Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of American artist Norman Rockwell. That research, in turn, led to the the editing and restoration of her grandfather’s 1960 autobiography. And on Sunday, Abigail launched “Norman Rockwell: My Adventures as an Illustrator, The Definitive Edition” at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge with a discussion and book signing.

The discussion was led by Tim Newton, chairman and CEO emeritus of the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Among the well-known and well-established art organization’s past notable members was Norman Rockwell. The talk coincided with the musuem’s 50th anniversary celebration as well as an exhibition showcasing more of the autobiographical elements of Norman Rockwell’s artwork, incuding his early works, personal effects and diary entries.

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