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Norman Rockwell, Young Lincoln, Signed Artist’s Proof

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Norman Rockwell’s Young Lincoln, the Signed Artist’s Proof, in presentation portfolio.

 Originally this image was commissioned as a focal point for the lobby of the Lincoln Mutual Savings Bank in Spokane, WA. The original oil, seven feet high, resided there, until a bank merger sent the painting off to Seattle. It has had an interesting journey since then. It even belonged to a candidate for U.S. President!

Lincoln experienced his greatest mental growth during his years in Illinois; soon he left the farm and railsplitting to follow his inner drive to lead a different life.

“This title depicts a young Abraham Lincoln, reading a book as he walks home from his job as a young railsplitter. The idea of creating the image of Lincoln as “the railsplitter” was the inspiration of Illinois politician Richard J. Oglesby. He sought to find “one thing in Mr. Lincoln’s unsuccessful career as a worker that could be made an emblem à [to] make enthusiastic the working people.” –Norman Rockwell Museum.

Excellent condition with colors quite bright and the pencil signature bold and large; a small mouse bite at the top margin can easily be matted out, minor break on portfolio spine.

Rockwell, Norman [American Artist] YOUNG LINCOLN.  “A limited edition lithograph….A fifteen color lithograph pencil signed by the artist.”  Artist Proof “AP” Signed in pencil.  New York:  Atelier Ettinger, 1976. 19” x 34-1/2” In its original “special portfolio” with limitation page, also marked “No. AP.”