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About the work

The couple featured in Rockwell's "Marriage License" are Francis (Moe) and Joan Mahoney an engaged couple who received this oil sketch from the artist as a wedding present. In 1983 the Mahoney's gifted this piece to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Set in a town clerk's office mere footsteps away from Rockwell's first Stockbridge studio on Main Street, this piece expresses Rockwell's admiration of the wood-panelled interiors found in many of his favourite seventeenth-century Dutch Master paintings. The building itself is fashioned after one pictured in Jan Vermeer's 'A Street in Delft.' In keeping with the older Dutch style, Rockwell replaced an existing metal filing cabinet in the left foreground with an old railroad station stove. His model for the town clerk had recently lost his wife and the authenticity of his feelings adds power and poignancy to this study of young love, youth and older age.

Signature: Signed in ink lower right

Medium: Colour Lithograph


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Marriage License

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Marriage License

45.72 x 43.2cm