Law Student


Norman Rockwell ( American, 1894 - 1978 )

1927; reproduced 1976
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General Description

Norman Rockwell’s illustrations for such magazines as the "Saturday Evening Post" and "Look" have become icons of American culture. "Law Student" appeared on the cover of the February 19, 1927, issue of the "Post." In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 118th birthday, Rockwell depicted a young man in the midst of study. The two pictures of Lincoln behind him indicate his aspiration to follow in “Honest Abe’s” footsteps. Rockwell’s message is clear: just as Lincoln overcame long odds to become president, so too could anybody with a strong, honest work ethic. This illustration was reproduced as a lithograph in 1976 in an edition of 260 prints along with a number of Rockwell’s other "Post" covers.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2005.

Fun Facts

  • Norman Rockwell was living and working in Stockbridge, Massachusetts when this lithograph was printed. In 1927, when he produced the image as the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, he lived in New Rochelle, New York.

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