Christmas Homecoming, 1948
Christmas Homecoming appeared on the December 25th, 1948 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The original oil on canvas is owned by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
It was also Norman’s seventh and final cover for the year.
This painting shows Norman Rockwell’s son Jarvis (Jerry) coming home from college for Christmas. The woman hugging him, is his mother, Mary Barstow Rockwell. To the left is Thomas Rockwell, and to the left of him (wearing glasses) is Peter. Norman Rockwell himself is also in the painting – smoking his pipe.
The redhead behind Peter is Mead Schaeffer’s daughter, Patty. If you remember, Patty was Norman’s model for the Willie Gilli’s series.
Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays Traveling Exhibit, prepared by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has been extended until January 24th. Make sure you stop by the Fick Fossil and History Museum before it’s gone for good!