Peter Rockwell

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Peter Barstow Rockwell
BornSeptember 16, 1936
DiedFebruary 6, 2020(2020-02-06) (aged 83)
EducationThe Putney School
Haverford College
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Spouse(s)Cynthia Ide
Parent(s)Norman Rockwell

Peter Rockwell (September 16, 1936 – February 6, 2020) was an American sculptor, and the author of several books about stone carving. He was associated with the Norman Rockwell Museum, named for his father.

Early life[edit]

Rockwell was born on September 16, 1936 in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Mary Barstow and painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell.[1][2][3] Rockwell grew up in Vermont, where he was educated at The Putney School.[4] He graduated from Haverford College in 1958, and he later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.[4]


Rockwell became a sculptor in Rome, Italy,[4] where he spent most of his adult life.[1] His father was initial reluctant to see his son pursue sculpture as a profession.[5] Rockwell left Rome and produced sculptures at the Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio in Beverly, Massachusetts.[1][5] He authored several books about stone carving.[1][2]

Rockwell was associated with the Norman Rockwell Museum, named for his father, where he exhibited his work.[4] His work was also examined in The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World, a research project at King's College London.[6]

His sculptures can be seen in the United States at the National Portrait Gallery, the Washington National Cathedral, Boston College, the Cathedral of the Pines.[2] They are also held in a convent in Chioggia, Italy and at the headquarters of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.[2][4]

Personal life and death[edit]

Rockwell married Cynthia Ide, and they had four children. He died on February 6, 2020, in Danvers, Massachusetts.[1][2] His funeral was held at St. Paul's Within the Walls in Rome.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  • Rockwell, Peter (1994). The Art of Stoneworking. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521413329. OCLC 851064901.
  • Rockwell, Peter; Rosenfeld, Stanley; Hanley, Heather (2004). The Compleat Marble Sleuth. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida: Rockrose. ISBN 978-0974794600. OCLC 646062312.
  • Dehejia, Vidya; Rockwell, Peter (2016). The Unfinished: Stone Carvers at Work on the Indian Subcontinent. New Delhi, India: Lustre Press. ISBN 9789351941149. OCLC 936543987.

Further reading[edit]

  • Grant, Annette (2009). Manring, Audrey (ed.). The Fantastical Faces of Peter Rockwell: A Sculptor's Retrospective. Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Norman Rockwell Museum. ISBN 9780961527341. OCLC 776582776.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Marquard, Bryan (February 12, 2020). "Peter Rockwell, a sculptor and a son of Norman Rockwell, dies at 83". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fanto, Clarence (February 11, 2020). "Rockwell son Peter, who wielded 'ebullient creative force' as sculptor, dies at 83". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Peter Barstow Rockwell (1936 – 2020)". Norman Rockwell Museum. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Marvels in Marble". North Adams Transcript. North Adams, Massachusetts. July 9, 2009. p. 21. Retrieved February 14, 2020 – via
  5. ^ a b Leighton, Paul (March 15, 2018). "Famous son of a famous artist still creating". CNHI. Retrieved February 14, 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "The Project: The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World". King's College London. Retrieved February 14, 2020.