The Fabulous Adventures of Norman Rockwell’s painting “Lazy Bones”

Every painting that comes to conservation and framing firm Lowy has a story, but we think the tale of this long-lost Norman Rockwell is particularly engaging!

In 1919, when artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell was twenty-five- years old and starting out on his legendary career, he painted a whimsical cover for The Saturday Evening Post. “Lazy Bones” depicted a chubby adolescent boy playing hooky from his gardening chores -- his eyes closed, his mouth slack, his faithful dog asleep on his thigh, and his straw hat and hoe tossed aside while he naps.

Norman Rockwell

The painting (not considered valuable at the time) hung in a New Jersey man’s recreation room…until the fateful day in the early 1950s when Robert Grant came over to play pool. Grant inadvertently tore the Rockwell with his cue stick and ended up paying his friend between $50 and $100 dollars for the damaged painting, which he happily hung in his home. “Lazy Bones” became a Grant family treasure, but the sleeping adolescent’s adventures were far from over. In 1976, burglars broke into the house and stole a television, a coin collection, and the Rockwell. They left no clues and the Grants despaired at ever finding their beloved painting...

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