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Benjamin Franklin 28x21 Artist Proof

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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Benjamin Franklin, 1926 Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post (May 29, 1926) Media print lithography on paper

Originally created for the May 29, 1926 edition of the Saturday Evening Post, the original Post cover was published celebrating the then sesquicentennial (150 year) anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with this limited edition print series created in honor of the bicentennial anniversary. The lithograph, measuring 28 by 21 inches, was hand proofed and printed by Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in October 1976, and the edition consists of 320 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, and 25 deluxe prints were printed on Japon paper.

In 1728, Benjamin Franklin created a publication in Philadelphia that became the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's greatest wish was to have his own drawings appear on the cover of that magazine. In 1916, Rockwell achieved his dream and began a long career of creating over 300 covers for the Post. This cover is one of the Post's most significant since it draws a connection between the founding of the United States of America and the Saturday Evening Post itself. Norman Rockwell is remembered for his wonderful illustrations of American life and culture, and this cover directly relates Rockwell's work to the formation of America.

The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell print 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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