Norman Rockwell, Home for Christmas (Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas), McCall's December 1967. Prints are available exclusively from the Norman Rockwell Museum Store, and the original painting is part of the Norman Rockwell Museum permanent collection.
Norman Rockwell's painting Home for Christmas has come to symbolize Christmas in America, just as Rockwell intended in 1967. Rockwell wanted the editors at McCall's to identify it as Stockbridge in the text, and they did. Norman Rockwell takes you on a Christmas Eve walk along Stockbridge's main street, past the public library, the antiques and gift shops, the old town office, and down the rambling Victorian hotel, beyond which is Rockwell's own studio. McCall's reached out to its national audience by adding, "Wherever you happen to hail from-city, suburb, farm or ranch-we hope you will have, for a moment, the feeling of coming home for Christmas."
Established in 1773 as a stagecoach stop, the Red Lion Inn has always been the social hub of town, although closed during the winter at the time Rockwell painted it. Rockwell's South Street home and studio appear at the far right border. In a window above the market, a Christmas tree glows in a room that was Rockwell's studio from 1953 to 1957. The Old Corner House, which became the home of the first Norman Rockwell Museum two years after the painting was completed, stands at the left border of the painting.
Poplar wood frame with sturdy hanging wire. Double matted and mounted under glass. Title plaque included.
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