Stockbridge in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
A Day In The Life
Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio
A Day In The Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio
In 1957 Norman Rockwell purchased a home on South Street, near the center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The property’s backyard included a dilapidated carriage barn, which he converted into a working studio. Though Rockwell occupied approximately twenty studios throughout his life, it was this last one – seen before you – which he referred to as his “best studio yet.”
As old age set in, Rockwell grew concerned about the fate of his favorite workspace, and in 1976, he drafted a provision of his will that entrusted the building and its contents to the Norman Rockwell Museum. The studio was temporarily emptied and moved by the Museum to its current location in 1986, arriving on the campus in two pieces secured to flatbed trucks.
With his health declining, Rockwell produced few artworks after 1976, and his visits to the studio gradually ceased. At the time it was acquired by the Museum, the arrangement of the studio’s interior reflected the latter and least active aspect of the artist’s career. The Museum’s current interpretation replicates how the studio appeared in October of 1960, when Norman Rockwell was immersed in the completion of his painting Golden Rule, the April 1, 1961 Saturday Evening Post cover. This installation
Location. 42° 17.323′ N, 73° 20.085′ W. Marker is in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker can be reached from Glendale Road (Massachusetts Route 183) 0.1 miles north of Butler Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Stockbridge MA 01262, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norman Rockwell’s Studio (a few steps from this marker); Linwood House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockbridge Chime Tower (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stockbridge World War II Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stockbridge Vietnam War Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stockbridge World War I Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stockbridge Korean War Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stockbridge Civil War Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockbridge.
Also see . . . Norman Rockwell Museum. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.