We just spent a week in New York City. New York of course is the home of some of the world’s greatest museums, and we took in many. The Met, MOMA, and Guggenheim of course, as well as the American Museum of Natural History. These are all beyond compare but the one that I personally enjoyed was the free, yep, free, Society of Illustrators Museum. This wonderful place is on the Upper East Side at 128 E. 63rd Street between Lexington and Park Ave.
It’s a small but museum but large in importance. Established in 1901, The Society of Illustrators was formed to promote the art of illustration. Among the many artists whose work is displayed are Joseph Leyendecker, James Montgomery Flagg, Paul Calle, Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell, C.F. Payne and Greg Manchess. Al Parker is represented, along with his famous Bass drum with it’s dozens of famous autographs. Rockwell’s wonderful painting,
The Christmas Coach, enhances the second story bar. If you are in NY and want to enjoy a treat, and for free, head uptown to 63rd and pay The Society of Illustrators a visit.