Study for ‘Portrait of Nehru’
By Norman Rockwell
Oil on paper, laid down on board (1962)
Signed and inscribed ‘Norman/Rockwell/New Delhi’ (lower right)
Size: 24.8 x 27.9 centimetres (9.75 x 11 inches)
Estimated price: $20,000-30,000

Commercial illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is renowned for his images of picture-perfect America. Rockwell designed and painted over 300 such works for the cover of the famous weekly publication of the time, The Saturday Evening Post. Each cover was painstakingly executed in oil on canvas using models that he often posed and photographed in complicated set-ups.

A study for one of these covers, which ultimately ran on the January 19, 1963, is the present work Study for ‘Portrait of Nehru.’  India’s first Prime Minister aimed to build a new nation by bringing autonomy to his people and championing democratic ideals. During his tenure, he carried India into the modern age of scientific innovation, despite ethnic and religious diversity, and promoted an atmosphere of social concern for the marginalised and poor.

During the 1960s, Rockwell travelled around the world completing various assignments. In addition to his visit to India to paint Nehru, Rockwell’s international travels also included visits to Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Soviet Union.

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First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 17, 2013.