CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. – The door to a New York school principal’s office that served as the setting for one of Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has been preserved in an exhibit.
In 1953, Rockwell left his studio in Arlington, Vermont, to go to a school in Cambridge, New York, to take photographs of the principal’s office for the painting that became known as “Girl With Black Eye” or “The Shiner.”
It depicts a girl with a black left eye and a satisfied smile on her face sitting on a bench outside an office with the word “Principal” on the door.
The door is open enough to reveal the principal and his secretary apparently discussing her impending discipline.
The door was placed in an exhibit at the school when the building underwent renovations this year.