Originally an illustration for Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Jim Got Down on His Knee was hand-proofed and printed by Circle Gallery in August 1972. The lithograph measures 26 by 20 inches, and the edition consists of 295 impressions. 200 were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 prints were pencil signed and designated with roman numerals.
When Norman Rockwell was asked to illustrate Mark Twain's classic children's book, he visited the book's setting in Hannibal Missouri. Here he gained a new perspective on the stories and he was inspired to depict Twain's scenes as authentically as possible. He also acquired a new respect for the characters and wrote that "It was great fun analyzing the characters in 'Huckleberry Finn' and then trying to portray them as faithfully as possible. The longer I worked at the task, the more in love with the different personalities I became."
Each step toward the completion of the Huckleberry Finn series gave Rockwell great pleasure. Everything from rounding up costumes to the preliminary sketches was an exciting challenge. "Rounding up the costumes for these Mark Twain books was part of the fun of the assignment," Rockwell said. "At the time I lived in New Rochelle where people don't wear old clothes, so in Hannibal I bought my needed costumes right off people's backs. Gradually by purchase and barter I gathered the toil-worn costumes I needed." -Norman Rockwell from Arthur L. Guptill's Norman Rockwell, Illustrator
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