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First Airplane Ride (First Flight) 26x21 Artist Proof

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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) First Airplane Ride/ Old Women Riding Airplane, 1938 Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post (June 4, 1938). Media print lithography on paper

Originally created for the June 4, 1938 Saturday Evening Post cover, this twelve-color lithograph, measuring 26 by 21 inches, was hand proofed and printed at Atelier Ettinger in December 1976. The edition consists of 320 impressions on papier d'Arches. 200 were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 prints pencil signed and designated with roman numerals were reserved for Rockwell. 25 deluxe edition signed proofs were also printed on Inomachi Nacre (Japon) paper.

"It seems that a family in Paris were debating whether or not to fly back to their home in Greece. They saw this June 4th picture of an old lady enjoying her plane trip and felt that they would be cowards not to return home via air-which they did. Later they wrote me a very friendly letter about it." -Norman Rockwell from Arthur L. Guptill's Norman Rockwell Illustrator

The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell prints is accompanied by an Authenticity Certificate signed by our Museum Director, a complimentary one-year Museum family membership, and care and handling instructions for the print. Payment plans are available. All hand signed reproduction print purchases contribute directly to the Norman Rockwell Museum to preserve and present the art and legacy of Norman Rockwell. Please contact us for more information at 413.931.2237 or 800.742.9450 Or Email:

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