The original painting of the Liberty Bell (Celebration) with its pendant self-portrait was commissioned for the cover of their American Artist magazine to mark the national celebration of the country's Bicentennial. In his 80s at the time, Norman Rockwell was challenged by cataracts and was losing some of the dexterity and control that had been hallmarks of his work. Even so, he does a creditable job of creating a recognizable self-portrait, which would be the last magazine cover illustration in his long career. He died two years later in 1978, at the age of eighty four.
The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell prints is accompanied by an Authenticity Certificate signed by our Museum Director, a complimentary one-year Museum family membership, and care and handling instructions for the print. Payment plans are available. All hand signed reproduction print purchases contribute directly to the Norman Rockwell Museum to preserve and present the art and legacy of Norman Rockwell. Please contact us for more information at 413.931.2237 or 800.742.9450 Or Email: MDuffy@nrm.org