MY ADVENTURES AS AN ILLUSTRATOR Book launch at the Norman Rockwell Museum
Jun 23, 2019

MY ADVENTURES AS AN ILLUSTRATOR Book launch at the Norman Rockwell Museum

My Adventures as an Illustrator Book Talk and Signing, with Abigail Rockwell.

Celebrate the long-awaited rerelease of Norman Rockwell’s classic 1960 autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator, with special guest and book editor Abigail Rockwell, Norman’s granddaughter, a musician, and writer. The new Definitive Edition includes restored text and drawings, new illustrations and more. Ms. Rockwell will discuss her extensive research into family history to compile the 11-page introduction with new information on her grandfather’s life and work.

A reception and book signing will follow the program.

Free for Members, or with Museum admission. 


Reservations required.  Reserve online at



Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Rd / Route 183,

Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262

From:   June 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM
To:  June 23, 2019 - 4:00 PM (EST)

My Adventures as an Illustrator

The Definitive Edition


The life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words—back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations, and more
The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont—all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).

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