Originally created for Mark Twain's 1936 edition of Tom Sawyer, Smoking was hand-proofed and printed by Circle Gallery in August 1971. The collotype 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.
Rockwell illustrated the adventures of Tom Sawyer for a 1936 edition of Mark Twain's classic book. To capture the authentic details of the story's setting, Rockwell visited Hannibal, Missouri. "Every Illustrator appreciates the opportunity afforded by a fine book written by a great author," Rockwell wrote. "A poorly written book is difficult to illustrate. The reason is obvious. The good author has thought on his subject exhaustively, and knows it so thoroughly that his book teems with picture possibilities. A poorly written story will always bring in elements which, if illustrated, will just ruin the pictorial quality. In 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn' there is a picture on every single page-there is nothing that Mark Twain has his characters do that isn't just perfect. I therefore greatly enjoyed illustrating these books for the Heritage Press." -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: MDuffy@nrm.org
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