In 1976, The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery hand proofed and printed Boy on Stilts, a lithograph. The edition, measuring 31 by 24 inches, consists of 320 impressions. 200 were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 artist proofs were pencil signed and designated with Roman numerals, and 25 deluxe prints were printed on Japon paper.
Originally printed for the October 4, 1919 edition of the Saturday Evening Post, the boyish playfulness depicted in this print was a consistent theme in Rockwell's works. In his paintings, Rockwell repeatedly illustrated the idea of American boyhood and never failed to capture the mischief that kids got themselves into.
The model used for this painting was Eddie Carson, whom Rockwell found while living in New Rochelle, New York. Carson and his best friend, Billy Paine, both modeled for Rockwell during their childhood. Rockwell said that they tended to play tricks in the studio, and described them as being "full of mischief." Rockwell also praised their talents when he said, "Billy and Eddie, who were about eight years old when I started to use them, could act; if I wanted a sad expression, a belly laugh, disdain, or sneer, they could give it to me. And hold it all morning."
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