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Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

In 1935, George Macy, publisher of the Heritage Press and Limited Editions Club books, invited Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell visited Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s boyhood town, to find authentic details to include in his work. Twain’s vivid descriptions of character, setting and moods were an inspiration to the illustrator, who considered each of the writer’s scenes to be “complete and perfect to the last details.” The 16 signed limited edition prints from Rockwell’s own collection comprise an exhibition featuring the artists’s timeless images for these American classics, on view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, June 9-September 20.