Originally created for the February 6, 1926 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, this 26.5 by 21 inch lithograph was hand proofed and printed by Atelier Ettinger. The edition consists of 320 prints, 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, and 25 deluxe prints were printed on Nacre (Japon) paper. Pipe and Bowl was the first Saturday Evening Post cover to appear in full color. This cover depicts a colonial artist painting a sign for "Ye Pipe and Bowl Tavern." This cover was most likely Rockwell's way of relating to his own kindred spirit from 1785 - the colonial sign painter. The subject of the cover took in the patriotic obligations of the month, the identity of the magazine and its association with Ben Franklin and the Colonial period, the tradition of humor.
The model for this painting was James K. Van Brunt, whom Post editor George Lorimer asked Rockwell not to use so often because his mustache was too identifiable. Rockwell reluctantly convinced Van Brunt to shave off his mustache but when he did Rockwell was disappointed. He said, "When I saw the result I was even more upset. Mr. Van Brunt's lower lip stuck out beyond his upper lip by about an inch and was just as identifying as the mustache."
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