Henry and Clara Ford in 1896 with Quadricycle, by Norman Rockwell, 1951-1952

Summary

In this painting Norman Rockwell gives us an idealized view of Henry Ford building his first automobile in 1896. In a small brick shed behind the Fords' rented home on Bagley Avenue in Detroit, Henry fine tunes a part of the car while his wife Clara looks on, darning socks. The reality was somewhat different. Henry built the little car with the aid of several friends, and much of the work was done in a shop near Ford's place of work, an electrical generating station. This is one of a series of eight paintings Ford Motor Company commissioned Rockwell to do in anticipation of the company's 50th anniversary in 1953.

In this painting Norman Rockwell gives us an idealized view of Henry Ford building his first automobile in 1896. In a small brick shed behind the Fords' rented home on Bagley Avenue in Detroit, Henry fine tunes a part of the car while his wife Clara looks on, darning socks. The reality was somewhat different. Henry built the little car with the aid of several friends, and much of the work was done in a shop near Ford's place of work, an electrical generating station. This is one of a series of eight paintings Ford Motor Company commissioned Rockwell to do in anticipation of the company's 50th anniversary in 1953.

Artifact

Oil painting (Visual work)

Date Made

1951-1952

Subject Date

1896

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978 

Creator Notes

Painted by Norman Rockwell; commissioned by Ford Motor Company.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

64.167.1325.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Oil paint (Paint)

Technique

Oil painting (Technique)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 in  (framed)

Width: 16.563 in  (framed)

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