Best Best Collection of an Overlooked Genre
Housed in a Gilded Age French chateau, the National Museum of American Illustration was established in 1998 with a collection from the golden age of illustration gathered by Mr. And Mrs. Laurence S. Cutler. It is the first museum of its kind in the country. Outside of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Pennsylvania, the largest number of Rockwell’s works — 121 pieces — are assembled here, many on display. Rockwell insisted that he practiced not art but illustration, a discipline that has taken second place to fine art in prestige, despite its popularity. Nevertheless, as many iconic works here show, the cultural contributions have been considerable. The collection is comprised of approximately 2000 original illustration paintings and 80,000 works on paper, including classic creations by Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Howard Pyle. Admission is $25. Hours for individual self-guided tours vary, so call ahead.
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport | 401.851. 8949 | www.americanillustration.org
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