Four Sporting Boys, 1949

In the winter of 1949, Norman Rockwell and his family temporarily resided in southern California, where he taught courses at the Los Angeles County Art Institute. He discovered the models for this series nearby, roughhousing in a schoolyard football game. For a modest sum, the boys consented to bring their basketball, baseball, golf, and football equipment over to the Institute, where they enthusiastically posed for Rockwell and his photographer.

Four Sporting Boys, Norman Rockwell, 1949.
Watercolor on paper
Illustrations for the 1951 Brown and Bigelow Four Seasons calendar
Collection of the Williams High School Alumni Association