Monday, August 04, 2008
Model for Rockwell Boy Scout Painting Dies at 82
AZTEC A man who modeled for one of artist Norman Rockwell's iconic Boy Scout paintings during World War II has died.
Arthur Robert "Bob" Hamilton died July 28 in Aztec at the age of 82.
His daughter, Alison H.H. King of Chandler, Ariz., said he was "very much defined by being a Boy Scout." Hamilton became an Eagle Scout at age 15, and scouting became his career. After serving in the Navy and graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraiser until he retired in 1989.
Hamilton is shown as a solemn-faced teenager giving the Boy Scout salute in Rockwell's 1944 painting, "We, Too, Have a Job To Do," which urged collecting cans and rubber, volunteering and raising victory gardens during World War II.
Linda Pero, curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., confirmed that Hamilton was the painting's model. At some point, he filled out a museum questionnaire about it, she said.
Hamilton, who grew up in Albany, N.Y., posed for the painting in Arlington, Vermont, according to the questionnaire, Pero said.
King said her father was wearing a turtle-shell neckerchief slide he had made when he went in to pose, "and Norman Rockwell said, 'Let's put on the regular neckerchief slide.' My dad was like, 'Ah, I was so proud of that — I painted on the back of that and Norman Rockwell told me to take it off.'"
Hamilton moved to Aztec in 2003 to be close to family members. His survivors include a brother, two sons, two daughters and three grandsons.
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