Old Pratt & Lambert Print Found In An Old Building.
by Mary Kinch
I have a print called A Day For Mary circa 1920. It is one in a series of five first run limited edition reproductions. The Pratt/Lambert/NormanRockwell.
Do you have any info on this????? Its in perfect condition.
Norman Rockwell painted two advertisements for Pratt & Lambert around 1920. Neither bear the title that you have listed so I must assume that the printer did not use the name listed in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Both paintings were to advertise collection of Pratt & Lambert's "61" brand of varnish and showed practical household uses for the product.
The first to be published was Grandpa's Gift (Grandfather Varnishing the Cradle), an oil on canvas painting. The original painting measures 20.5 x 28.5 inches. It is still part of the collection of Pratt & Lambert, Inc.
As the title implies, the painting shows a grandfather varnishing a baby's cradle, presumably so the child will have his/her (Mary in your title?) own bed. It originally was published in House Beautiful magazine's November 1922 issue.
The other painting that Rockwell painted for Pratt & Lambert circa 1920 was Man Varnishing Doll's Bed for Little Girl. As it's name implies, there is a little girl (Mary in your title?) in this painting.
This painting shows a man, perhaps a professional painter, taking time out from his task of varnishing a floor. He has just completed varnishing a doll bed for a little girl, who has watched his progress over his shoulder. She seems delighted with the appearance of her newly varnished doll bed.
This painting was originally published as an advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post's November 3, 1923 edition.
The original oil on canvas painting measures 24.5 x 27 inches and is also part of collection of Pratt & Lambert, Inc.
Rockwell also painted other paintings for Pratt & Lambert, but they were circa 1924.
I would guess that your print is the one with the little girl. I would love to see a photo to confirm or deny my guess.
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