Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Weighing In

At Philippe The Original restaurant in Los Angeles, you can weigh yourself on a scale for 25 cents. According to the restaurant, the scale is the same one used by Norman Rockwell for his 1958 painting “Weighing In (The Jockey).”

The original painting, owned by the New Britain Museum in Connecticut, shows jockey Eddie Arcaro standing on the scale under the watchful eye of the racing steward.
Philippe The Original
New Britain Museum
Eddie Arcaro on Wikipedia


My Pen Name said...

That's the great thing about visiting the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge- you can literally go out and see the town and buildings he painted - and sometimes, even meet some of the models who are still alive - in fact, I believe stockbridge re-enacts "mains street at Christmas' ever year around Christmas time.

James Gurney said...

Yes, he really wove the real stuff and people of Stockbridge into his paintings. One time when we were at the museum they even displayed relics like his shoes, glasses and pipe.

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Oh, the irony.

I'm reading this post in Google Reader, and right under the pictures theres an ad for cheeseburgers at McDonalds. Weighing in, indeed.

Kyle Andrew Phillips said...


It is the New Britain Museum of American Art. Has one of the best collections in the country. Hassam, Sargent, Chruch, the Wyeths, Close and so on.


Unknown said...

Hmmm.... I don't know if I'd want to weigh myself after eating one of those french dips. BTW, love your blog. A friend in Chicago (also an illustrator) forwarded on your Eagle Rock Post. Check out my Eagle Rock based blog: http://eaglesnestdesign.blogspot.com/

Randall Ensley said...

Great post on Rockwell.
You mention the New Britain Museum of American Art and I was just there this weekend. There is an M.C. Escher exhibit currently showing and, well, Wow! Seeing the works in person that I have only previously seen reproduced in books and posters was simply a transcendent experience. What a museum too, filled with works by American masters.