Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
signed 'Norman Rockwell' (lower right)
oil on canvas
15 1/8 x 13 1/8 in. (38.4 x 33.3 cm.)
Brown & Bigelow, by commission, circa 1952.
Sotheby's, New York, 3 December 1992, lot 202 (as Old Man and Boy: Halloween).
The Fine Art Society, London, England.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1992.
M. Moline, Norman Rockwell Encyclopedia: A Chronological Catalog of the Artist's Work, 1910-1978, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1979, p. 226
L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. A131, pp. 312-313, illustrated (as Old Man and Boy: Halloween)
C. Forbes, "The Forbes Magazine Collection," American Art Review, June 1999, pp. 128-141
New York, The Forbes Magazine Galleries, 200 Years of American Art from the Forbes Magazine Collection, May-September 1999, no. 29
This work was commissioned by Brown & Bigelow as the autumn illustration for their 1952 "Four Seasons Calendar." Charles Crofut, one of Norman Rockwell's favorite models, is the older gentleman portrayed as the pumpkin carver.