This summer, my husband and I went to an exhibition, The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator
on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, through October 26, 2014. Night on the El Train
was not among the work we saw. It is, in fact, one of the freestanding etchings that Edward Hopper
made in an effort to support himself beyond magazine illustrationat the start of his career. The Rockwell show, however, demonstrates how much drama and focus he brought to his commercial drawings.
And don’t we all wish it was still the custom to commission illustrations for books and magazine stories! It happens, of course, for children’s picture books and deluxe editions of books some fiction for adults (For two examples, click here