Originally created for the November 4, 1939 edition of the Saturday Evening Post, Music Hath Charms was hand proofed and printed by Circle Gallery. The lithograph measures 30 by 24 inches, and the edition consists of 295 impressions. 200 were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 proofs were pencil signed and designated with Roman numerals.
Alternatively known as Sheriff Guarding Jail Cell, this painting was a classic and enduring image of the world Rockwell painted. In 1939 alone, Rockwell painted eight covers for the Saturday Evening Post, this cover being the seventh. Norman Rockwell often hired people from his neighborhood to model for his paintings. Rockwell's sheriff model for this painting was his neighbor, Harvey McKee. McKee was, in fact, the local deputy sheriff in Arlington, Vermont. He posed for the painting while suffering from a broken collarbone and a broken left hand, and if you look closely, the swelling of his broken left hand is clearly visible in the painting.
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