Blackstone Cigars by Norman Rockwell

  • This extraordinary oil on canvas was composed by the iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell
  • Rockwell created the work for a billboard campaign for the Waitt & Bond Cigar Company
  • His ability to tell a story made his works prized amongst advertisers
  • Rockwell is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century
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Norman Rockwell
1894-1978 | American 

Blackstone Cigars

Oil on canvas 

A charming relic of a bygone era, this rare oil is the work of the inimitable American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. The iconic artist’s ability to render the details and nuances of everyday life is on full display in this original advertisement, which features a businessman enjoying a Blackstone cigar while dictating to his secretary. Executed by Rockwell in 1921, the work was a special commission for a billboard campaign by the American cigar manufacturer Waitt & Bond. They were so pleased with the work that the company commissioned two additional billboard designs from Rockwell, a hunting scene in 1922 and a fishing scene in 1923.

Rockwell's ability to capture the character of the nation was prized not only by magazine art editors but also by advertisers. Nearly all major companies of the day called upon Rockwell for his outstanding compositions, including Jell-O, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Ford, Post Cereals, and the U.S. Army, while his works continued to grace the covers of publications such as Literary Digest, Life, Country Gentleman, Look and the iconic Saturday Evening Post. Taken together, his many paintings capture the essence of the American spirit. “I paint life as I would like it to be,” Rockwell once said. Nostalgic and idealistic, his paintings evoke the hopes and aspirations of the entire nation. As filmmaker Steven Spielberg once said, “Rockwell painted the American dream – better than anyone.”

Norman Rockwell led a very long and incredibly successful career as an artist. His first commission was painted when he was only 16 years old, and his irresistible paintings of American life made him the foremost American illustrator of the 20th century. While history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chose to fill his canvases with the small details and nuances of ordinary people in everyday life. His distinguished career earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the highest honor bestowed upon an American civilian.

Circa 1921

Canvas: 16 3/4" high x 36 3/4" wide
Frame: 22 7/8" high x 43" wide
Blackstone Cigars by Norman Rockwell
Maker: Rockwell, Norman
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.25 Inches
Width: 43.0 Inches
Height: 22.88 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 36.875 Inches
Canvas Height: 16.875 Inches

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