Originally created for the June 11, 1955 Saturday Evening Post cover, Marriage License was set in the town clerk's office just footsteps away from Rockwell's first Stockbridge studio on Main Street, Marriage License captures Rockwell's fascination with the somber wood-paneled interiors of his favorite seventeenth-century Dutch painters. Indeed, the building itself is fashioned after one pictured in Jan Vermeer's A Street in Delft. In keeping with the older style, Rockwell replaced an existing metal file cabinet in the left foreground with an old railroad station stove.
Within the historic interior, Rockwell contrasts the old man's experience with the young couple's eagerness. The clerk "is gazing dreamily at nothing, half bored, half sad; romance is routine to him." His model for the town clerk had recently lost his wife, and the authenticity of his feelings adds power to the poignancy in this study of youth and old age. -Norman Rockwell from The Norman Rockwell Album
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