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Friday, February 21, 2014

Rockwell Museum Acquires Famous Artists Art & Archives

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. has announced the acquisition of the art and archives from the Famous Artists School in Westport, nearly doubling the museum’s collections.

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Group photo of Famous Artists School faculty: (l-r) Harold von Schmidt, John Atherton, Al Parker, founder Al Dorne (white shirt, on the ground), Norman Rockwell (with painting created for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 film, “Samson and Delilah”), Ben Stahl, Peter Helck, Stevan Dohanos, Jon Whitcomb, Austin Briggs (rear, far right), and Robert Fawcett (front, far right). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Norman Rockwell Museum Archives, gift of Famous Artists School

The gift comprises more than 5,000 un-catalogued artworks, including several original works created by Norman Rockwell, plus an archive of hundreds of thousands of items, an announcement said.

The collection was donated by Magdalen and Robert Livesey, owners of Wilton-based Cortina Learning International, which purchased Famous Artists in 1981, the museum said, adding: “for many years, the large collection languished in a vast Connecticut warehouse.”

With this newest acquisition, a collection that began with 125 paintings Norman Rockwell placed in trust with the museum in 1974 now numbers more than 13,000 artworks, the museum said.

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