This is Rockwell’s take on Ruby Bridges, who, in 1960, was the first black child to attend a previously all-white school in New Orleans. This was ordered by a court, and not well received by many of the white parents, who protested outside the school (and who pulled their own children out). Ruby Bridges was indeed escorted to and from school by US Marshals, to protect her from the angry crowds outside.
This is a picture of Jackie Wells, who posed for Rockwell in an art class he was taking, shortly after the death of his second wife. This is one of very few nudes Rockwell made, apart from his early days in art school of course. He did make some other images that incorporated nudes (including two—more, if you count a nude statue as a nude—that made it onto the cover of the Post). But I know of no painting in Rockwell’s complete body of work that is simply a nude, apart from this painting of Jackie Wells. It stands alone.
In one sense, though, it does not stand alone—it is an unpublished painting, just one that Rockwell made for his own purposes. The other images I’ve included in this little list have all been published. But there’s not necessarily any good reason to stick to the paintings that Rockwell actually sold. If you take a look through Rockwell’s unpublished images, you’ll find some additional surprises. Just two of them, I’ll throw in here as bonuses