Earlier this year, The Hyde asked the community to help with an exhibition on celebrated local artist Douglass Crockwell (1904-1968) to coincide with the exhibition Norman Rockwell in the 1960s. We looked for paintings that were the basis of his illustrations, as well as original print illustrations and for works that demonstrated the striking similarities and subtle differences between Rockwell’s work and that of Crockwell. Twenty-five works were selected by the Museum’s Director Erin Coe and Assistant Curator Susan Bishop from over forty submissions we received from community members.
We are grateful to the community for lending us their Crockwell treasures.
Douglass Crockwell was a founding trustee of The Hyde Collection, acted as its first director, and was famous for his illustrations created for such national publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, and Esquire. He was not as well known as Rockwell, yet the two enjoyed a friendly rivalry and admired each other’s work. His commercial illustrations were commissioned by such manufacturing and industry giants as General Electric, General Motors, Standard Oil, Coca-Cola, and Welch’s. Crockwell lived and worked in Glens Falls from 1932 until his death in 1968. Like Norman Rockwell, he used family and friends, along with local residents and landmarks as models for his illustrations.
Visit this community exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery, and view the Crockwells we discovered in our hometown!