Thursday, August 17, 2006

Between a Rockwell and a hard place

“The original Norman Rockwell painting, ‘Breaking Home Ties,’ was found behind wood paneling in a home in Vermont.”

— Berkshire EagleApril 6, 2006

This past Saturday, while tearing out the walls of my home with a pickax in hopes of discovering a Norman Rockwell original, I received a phone call I dreaded.

It was Pete Hosgrove, the Berkshires’ distinguished garden-implement antiquarian. Turns out that hoe I found last fall under some planks isn’t a Hittite original from the Ganga Valley, circa 14th century BC.