Finished study for the November 16, 1935 Saturday Evening Post cover
The model for this drawing is Fred Hildebrandt. Hildebrandt was a fellow artist and a favored professional model among the New Rochelle illustrators. Rockwell and Hildebrandt developed a close friendship and even traveled throughout Canada together on a nine-day hunting and fishing trip. In addition to Man Hiking with Dog (A Walk in the Country), Hildebrandt served as the model for many other notable works by Rockwell including his Yankee Doodle mural at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, New Jersey.
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