Saturday Evening Post cover, August 16, 1947.
Rockwell's youngest son, Peter, modeled as the boy for this famous illustration. Carrying his easel to the balcony of his studio, Rockwell cranked it as high as it would go and hoisted Peter onto a plank hanging over the two-story space to capture the real life sense of fright on the boy's face.
The original painting is owned by director Steven Spielberg, where it hangs in his office at Amblin Entertainment. "For me, that painting represents every motion picture just before I commit to directing it. . . That painting spoke to me the second I saw it. . . I said not only is that going in my collection, but it's going in my office so I can look at it every day of my life." Steven Spielberg, from Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, 2010.