To the unaided eye, this piece appears to be in excellent condition. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a normal fluorescence of the artist's pigments. There are no signs of damage or restoration. The piece is mounted under conservation glass with a natural linen mat and is framed in a pale antiqued wooden and gold leaf frame. The frame is in very good condition with normal signs of wear. The piece has not been inspected outside of the frame. Plate: The Texan, 1894 Norman Rockwell 1978 Verso: [sticker affixed to backing] The Shelton Smith Collection, Austin, TX; The Shelton Smith Collection, Vail, CO
Signed l/r: Norman Rockwell. This humorous work by the great Norman Rockwell appeared as the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 24, 1930. It depicts the young motion picture star Gary Cooper having lipstick applied by the makeup artist in preparation for the shooting of a scene in the 1930 classic, The Texan, in which Cooper starred as the Llano kid. The original painting from which the print was made sold to Steven Spielberg on November 28, 2007 at Sotheby’s in New York for $5,921,000. This is one of the original 200 lithographs from 1930, signed by Rockwell.
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