Norman Rockwells Models: In and Out of the Studio Audiobook, by S.T. Haggerty
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Norman Rockwell's Models: In and Out of the Studio Audiobook

Norman Rockwells Models: In and Out of the Studio Audiobook, by S.T. Haggerty
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Read By: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212256544

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Longest Chapter Length:

49:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:40 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

28:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

In 1940, America’s favorite illustrator Norman Rockwell, his wife Mary, and their three sons moved to the picturesque rural village of West Arlington, Vermont. The artist discovered a treasure trove of models. Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and out of the Studio is the first to detail these models’ lives, friendships with the artist, and experiences in his studio.

Dressed in quaint work clothing, the models were dairy farmers, carpenters, country doctors, soldiers, and mechanics. Norman Rockwell’s Models features nonfiction narratives telling the story of these folks during an era when they helped the war effort, farmed with horses, and received home visits from doctors.

The book also describes the challenges the models faced in their own lives and how these affected their expressions in the paintings. For example, in several 1945 masterpieces, the jubilance Americans felt after the close of the second word war is revealed in their faces.

Upon meeting people, young or old, the artist would say, “Call Me Norman.” Rockwell learned the models’ roles in the community and their personalities, which fostered genuine paintings. He strove, for example, to find real-life soldiers to model as WWII heroes and spirited boys and girls for lively paintings.

In the studio, Norman was charming and polite but painstaking. He demonstrated poses and did whatever was necessary to evoke his trademark expressions, including telling stories of his own life, sometimes laughing or crying.

Spending entire summers at his family’s farmhouse near West Arlington, Vermont, the author, S. T. Haggerty, grew up knowing many models, including those who posed for such iconic works as Freedom of Speech, Breaking Home Ties, and Girl at the Mirror.

Along with models and their families, the author hayed the scenic fields in the Batten Kill River Valley and swam under the red covered bridge on the Village Green. This experiences give him a unique perspective for telling this story.

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“Captures intimate details of the artist’s relationships with his models and the environment in which he created his most powerful and beloved images. The first-hand anecdotes from his children, neighbors, friends, and colleagues shed a new light on his career. A must-read for anyone who is a fan of Norman Rockwell and illustration art.”

— Judy Goffman Cutler, director and co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration 


  • “In this illuminating survey…Haggerty explores the dynamic exchange between artist and sitter and sheds light on the mechanics that created Rockwell’s sentimental, romanticized work.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “This is a wonderful project.”

    — Thomas Rockwell, model for his father Norman Rockwell and co-author of Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator
  • “You’ve got to read these stories!”

    — Jarvis Rockwell, model and artist
  • “Tells riveting stories of Norman Rockwell’s Arlington, Vermont models.”

    — Don Trachte, Rockwell model and administrator for Vermont Norman Rockwell Models’ reunions
  • “As one who posed for Norman Rockwell, I was delighted to read the wonderful recollections and stories of his models. You will see the true dedication S. T. Haggerty has shown to honor the true, timeless work of Norman Rockwell.”

    — Pauline Adams Grimes, Norman Rockwell model

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About S.T. Haggerty

S.T. Haggerty is a longtime writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He is known for his intriguing, heartfelt, and lively storytelling. He received his BS from Southern Vermont College, and MA in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Pawling, New York.

About Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.